# the number of combinations in a RUBIK's CUBE?

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• Jan 1st 2011, 07:21 AM
unregisterd
the number of combinations in a RUBIK's CUBE?
If we have a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube with 6 colors and only those rotations and sequences are to be calculated that can actually be done in real life, how many sets of different color patterns are there?

According to various websites, the number is around 43 quintillion...

But please can someone explain how this number was achieved...(easy language please and please a step by step explanation would be nice)

Thank you
• Jan 3rd 2011, 08:33 PM
CaptainBlack
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Originally Posted by unregisterd
If we have a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube with 6 colors and only those rotations and sequences are to be calculated that can actually be done in real life, how many sets of different color patterns are there?

According to various websites, the number is around 43 quintillion...

But please can someone explain how this number was achieved...(easy language please and please a step by step explanation would be nice)

Thank you

Wikipedia article

CB