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Fun Way to Learn Algebra

Hands On Equations

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 83 Ratings
    • $2.99



Teach your children the joy of learning algebra with Hands-On Equations 1 - the algebra application for children as young as 8 years of age.

Algebra can be a difficult subject to master but with the help of Hands-On Equations 1, equations like 4x + 2 = 3x + 9 and 2 (x + 4) + x = x + 12 become child's play.

The application takes advantage of the visual and tactile characteristics of mobile devices to demystify complex algebraic concepts. The application can be used by several users and will keep a record of the problems completed by each user.

The original Hands-On Equations program, which uses physical game pieces, has already helped more than one million students gain confidence with algebra. Now, this same proven method is available virtually in the palm of your hand.

The unknown, x, is represented by a blue pawn. The number constants, by number cubes. Each lesson focuses on one key concept.

In Lesson 1, the student mentally tries to figure out the value of the pawn that makes both sides balance by using reasoning or a guess-and-check strategy. The game pieces do not move in this first lesson.

In Lesson 2, the student places the game pieces unto the image of the balance scale to represent both sides of the algebraic equation and then solves by using guess and check.

In Lessons 3 - 6, the student places the game pieces unto the image of the balance scale to represent both sides of the algebraic equation and then uses "legal moves" to physically simplify the equation.

An instructional video introduces each lesson. It is essential that you watch the video before attempting to solve the two examples that follow the video, and the ten exercises for that lesson.

If you need assistance solving an equation, you can write to info@borenson.com to receive an individualized response.

Hands-On Equations 1 consists of six lessons and one review lesson. There are more than 80 equations for the student to enjoy and solve!

See an 8-year solving the equation x + 3x + x = x + 10 from Lesson 3: https://bit.ly/2jn7QDP

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

About the inventor: Dr. Henry Borenson has taught mathematics to inner-city low achieving students as well as to Math Olympiad students at the Stuyvesant High School in New York City. After receiving a patent for Hands-On Equations, he founded Borenson and Associates to disseminate the Hands-On Equations program and the Making Algebra Child's Play workshop for teachers.

For more information on Hands-On Equations go to www.borenson.com.

What’s New

Version 4.0.9

- Implemented support for latest iOS version
- App enhancements & bugs fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 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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