1. Originally Posted by qqwref
You could definitely teach hi the last layer algorithms now (you can do it with just two, sune and two-edge flip). Being able to solve a full puzzle without guessing/luck would be a great first step towards learning to solve more puzzles. After the Pyraminx, you could try Magic/Master Magic, 2x2, 3x3, Clock, and possibly Skewb.
That was my plan.. yeah he's really looking forward to solving magi so that'll probably come next

2. Originally Posted by blakedacuber
my brother(5) is now fully confident in solving pyraminx the bob burton way( do a side and hope for LL skip) hes gotten down to around 30s, he also did for 2 classes in school by request of his teacher.. not too sure where to go from there?
If you teach him 2x2x2 next, don't use Bob Burton's pyraminx method for it.
Chester Lian once judged a kid doing an official a 2x2x2 solve like that, and he wasn't too amused. The solve was 8 mins iirc and Chester glared at him when he asked if he could finish his average, haha.

It's not *that* bad doing "layer -> a different layer -> a different layer -> ...-> SKIP!" on a pyraminx since the probability of a LL skip is only 1/12, but on a 2x2 it's 1/162.

3. Originally Posted by Sa967St
If you teach him 2x2x2 next, don't use Bob Burton's pyraminx method for it.
Chester Lian once judged a kid doing an official a 2x2x2 solve like that, and he wasn't too amused. The solve was 8 mins iirc and Chester glared at him when he asked if he could finish his average, haha.

It's not *that* bad doing "layer -> a different layer -> a different layer -> ...-> SKIP!" on a pyraminx since the probability of a LL skip is only 1/12, but on a 2x2 it's 1/162.
That's the first person I've even heard of trying bob burton 2x2:P hahaha ill probably teach him lbl then once hes pretty confident with it ill teach him ortega

4. Originally Posted by blakedacuber
my brother(5) is now fully confident in solving pyraminx the bob burton way( do a side and hope for LL skip) hes gotten down to around 30s, he also did for 2 classes in school by request of his teacher.. not too sure where to go from there?
Congratulations!
Next: 3x3

5. Originally Posted by Sa967St
If you teach him 2x2x2 next, don't use Bob Burton's pyraminx method for it.
Chester Lian once judged a kid doing an official a 2x2x2 solve like that, and he wasn't too amused. The solve was 8 mins iirc and Chester glared at him when he asked if he could finish his average, haha.

It's not *that* bad doing "layer -> a different layer -> a different layer -> ...-> SKIP!" on a pyraminx since the probability of a LL skip is only 1/12, but on a 2x2 it's 1/162.
Note, however, that in my method you never need to solve more than 4 layers. There is a progression through cases that ensure you usually have to solve only 2-3 sides.

I'm pretty sure that does NOT happen for 2x2, so you really do have to go through quite a few layers.

6. This is a bit off the original topic, but I taught my 9 yr old brother how to solve the cube a couple of weeks ago. After hours of frustration on his side he finally understood how to solve the cube. Teaching him to make the cross correctly the first time was hard for him since I always forbid him to turn the U layer so he would not mess the cross up. The first two layers was also fine and OLL/PLL. Since I thought that beginners method was too slow I taught him the same 2-look OLL and PLL that I already know. He can solve the cube with algs on a piece of paper and times are about 2-3 minutes, depends on his behavior.
Soon he will learn those algs and be a worthy opponent to me, the sub-35 guy!

7. I think there cann't be the situation that a 3x3 magic cube was fixed for four surfaces, am i right?

8. Originally Posted by rebuttal
I think there cann't be the situation that a 3x3 magic cube was fixed for four surfaces, am i right?
If I understood the question right, then yes there can be 4 sides solved and 2 sides not solved.
From solved state of the cube U2 M2 U2 M2

Peedu

9. Originally Posted by rebuttal
I think there cann't be the situation that a 3x3 magic cube was fixed for four surfaces, am i right?
Your English is faulty but I think your saying that there cannot be 4 sides solved on a cube, and the other 2 not solved. That's incorrect.

10. Originally Posted by Mike Hughey
Did she enjoy the competition experience? If so, maybe she'll become interested again if she gets to go to another one.

I know my kids' interest almost disappears after a competition for a while, and then they get interested in it again right before the next competition. They seem to enjoy the competitions much more than the actual cubing.
Competition coming up at the NEMO Science center: Birgit is cubing again.
Just did her first solve in almost 1.5 years

Where she used to do CP (Niklas) before CO (Sunes) she now does CO with Sune and then "2" Look PLL with righty A-perm and left and right U-perms.

Skipped the daisy for cross and instead of blindly doing "put corner above slot and R U R' " I am now teaching to "just put the corner in in any way". So including R U' R' , R U2 R' and even R' U2 R (and left versions offcourse).
This in an effort to let her think about what she is doing instead of an "algorithmic" bottom corners approach.
Should make for an easier transition into F2L.

Very curious if she sticks with it and how long it will take to get fluent again. The algs are still a little shaky right now

edit 03 05:
getting better, less mistakes and moving corners about is becoming more intuitive, adding R2 U2 R U2 ... H-perm to speed up EP and she's still CN
next: lefty Sune to speed up CO

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