Hands-On Equations 1 4+

Fun Way to Learn Algebra

Hands On Equations

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 89 Ratings
    • $2.99



Teach your children the joys of learning algebra with Hands-On Equations 1 – the algebra app for children as young as eight and adults of all ages!
Algebra can be a tricky subject to master, but with the help of the Hands-On Equations 1 app, equations such as 4x+2=3x+9 and 2(3x+1) = 2x + 14 become child’s play! The original Hands-On Equations program, using physical game pieces, has already helped more than a million young students in the United States gain confidence with algebra. Now that same, proven method is available virtually in the palm of your hand.

The app works like this –
• An expert instructional video introduces each lesson. It is essential to watch this video!
• Success with the two practice problems enables the app user to access the ten lesson exercises.
•The unknown x variable is represented by a blue pawn on the digital screen while the constants are by number cubes.
•In Lesson 1 the icons do not move. The student uses thinking or "guess and check" to solve the equations.
•Beginning with Lesson 2, the student places the game pieces on the balance scale to represent the two sides of the equation.
•Starting with Lesson 3, the student simplifies the equations by performing "legal moves" with the pawn and beginning with Lesson 4, legal moves with the cubes.
•The student verifies their solution by resetting the problem to conduct the check.
•Feedback is provided to the student in the check phase of the problem.
•Simple touch features are used to move the pieces around.
•An intuitive and attractive user interface makes the app easy to use.
• More than 80 equations to solve!
•Supports multiple users while keeping track of the problems solved by each user

Hands-On Equations is the ideal first introduction to algebra for elementary and middle school students. Not only will these students have FUN and be fascinated with the program, but their self-esteem will also be dramatically enhanced as they experience success with sophisticated-looking algebraic equations.

Older students who need help with algebra will also benefit from Hands-On Equations. These students may, for the first time, understand key concepts of algebra that have held them back.
For more information on Hands-On Equations, visit https://www.borenson.com.

For app support, send an email to info@borenson.com.

What’s New

Version 4.2.2a

Cartoons to encourage the user.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

BInK5 ,

8yo found this app fun

My 8yo found this on my phone. I downloaded it for his older sister who never used it. He loved it. The concepts are introduced so well and clearly that he understood each video and proceeded to do every lesson independently. I did make him work out some equations out on paper after completing the app. When working out on paper, he did draw a scale for himself and used smiley faces instead of pawns. I’m confident that he understands the concepts and will be able to move on to solving without “drawing” with some more on paper practice. Level 1 was completed over 2days because he kept asking to do more. We have purchased Level 2. I would love to see more apps.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your in-depth comments. It appears that your 8 year-old is on his way to solving these mentally. Thank you!

thelovelyb88 ,

Great tool for people who aren’t good at algebra!

I have struggled with algebra since it was first introduced to me in 9th grade. I’ve always been bad at it. I’ve never understood the concept they taught us in school. I always failed every test. All I have to say is Thank god for this unique and easy way of learning algebra I am struggling no more. It’s fun it makes me excited for math instead of dread it. Download it guys you will not regret it.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for providing this in-depth review. Glad this approach has made the concepts clear!

lissiejo ,


Using this with my middle school daughters. We homeschool and they are taking pre algebra and algebra this year. Both were struggling with equations and love how this visualizes it! We will be purchasing both of the higher levels. It is both affordable and excellent!

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