## Basic cube facts for true beginners

You need to understand what the parts of the cube are. It is **not**
54 stickers. And it is **not** 27 little cubes. It **is**
12 edge and 8 corner pieces moving inside a frame of the 6 unmovable center
pieces. Each edge has two stickers, and each corner has three stickers. Here's how
the pieces look separated.

Parts of a cube. Left: **12 edges**. Middle: **1 frame with 6 centers**. Right: **8 corners**

Dismantling a cube. If this doesn't

work, try twisting the edge.

You can take apart your cube yourself and see how it works. Prying loose an
edge like in the photo to the right works on most cubes. The first time
you may have to use a bit of force, even using a knife for leverage.

**But** some modern speed cubes have a different mechanism. For those you **twist** the edge 90° instead.

The common error by people who don't know how the cube is built is to try to move
individual stickers, instead of pieces. They think that they have accomplished something
when they "complete one
side" as to the left. This is a quite useless position, since almost none
of the **pieces** are in the right position. That they happen to have a white sticker
by white center is just a pretty accident, and does not mean you're anywhere near a solution.
This misunderstanding is probably the main reason people find the cube so very hard. Make sure you understand this!

You also have to realise that the center pieces do not move. No matter how much you
turn, they always remain in place. This is obvious when you look at the center piece of a dismantled cube.

**Note that** when you put the cube together again, you want to do it in
the solved state. If not, you have a 93% (11/12) chance of getting it in an
unsolvable position. And it's no fun trying to learn on an unsolvable cube...