Teach your children the joys of learning algebra with Hands-On Equations 1 – the algebra app for children as young as eight!
“...ingenious app...makes it exceptionally easy to learn algebra..."- Dr. Alex Davidovic, former International Chess Master
Algebra can be a tricky 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 app takes advantage of the iPad’s and iPhone's visual and touch features to demystify complex algebraic concepts. The app may be played by several users and it will keep track of the problems completed by each user.
The original Hands-On Equations program, using physical game pieces, has already helped more than a million students gain confidence with algebra. Now that same, proven method is available virtually in the palm of your hand.
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 abstract equation.
In Lesson 3, the student uses "legal moves" with the pawns to simplify and solve for the unknown x.
In Lesson 4,the student learns to use legal moves with the cubes.
A video introduction is provided for each lesson. (See sample video at http://bit.ly/1bu2Zp7.) Each video introduction is followed by two examples and ten exercises.
Level I of Hands-On Equations consists of six lessons and one review lesson. There are more than 80 equations for the student to enjoy and solve!
See a quick overview of this app at: http://bit.ly/1cMA7vC.
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, their sense of self-esteem will 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.
To see a video of a 10-year old solving 4 + 3x - 2x + x = x + 5 on the app, go to
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.
More information on Hands-On Equations can be found at www.borenson.com.
No changes in English version.
Ratings and Reviews
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.
Thank you for your in-depth comments. It appears that your 8 year-old is on his way to solving these mentally. Thank you!
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.
Thanks for providing this in-depth review. Glad this approach has made the concepts clear!
Glitch with Picture
I never buy Apps but I really liked the free version of this one so I decided to pay for this 1st group of lessons. I’m hoping it’s a temporary problem, but the pieces that are supposed to be on the scale show up below it and they get in the way of other buttons. I hope this gets fixed otherwise I really like the method used to teach algebra in a different way. It is very helpful.
Sydney, please let us know what device you are using. Also, does the problem appear in Lesson 2? If you can provide a screen-shot, it will be helpful. You may send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your help is appreciated so we can resolve this asap. Thank you.
- Henry Borenson
- 359.8 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2012 Henry Borenson
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.