Can your 8-year old solve the equations 4x + 3 = 3x + 9 and 2(2x +3 ) = x + 9? How about you? If not, you need this app to see how easy and how much fun algebra can be! "Best app for algebra" -SMART APPS FOR KIDS

“...ingenious app...makes it exceptionally easy to learn algebra..."- Dr. Alex Davidovic, former International Chess Master.

If you are one of the many people who had trouble with algebra in school, and therefore you think that you lack math ability, this app will show you that you have more math ability than you think you have!

If you have a child of age 8 and up, you can provide that child with a successful algebra experience early on and eliminate the fear that many kids have when they go into algebra. Each lesson of the app comes with a video introduction; hence, your child may be able to learn this app without needing your assistance.

The app takes advantage of the mobile device's visual and touch features to demystify complex algebraic concepts. The physical version of Hands-On Equations has already helped more than a million students in grades 3 - 8 to obtain a foundation in algebra.

If several members of your family wish to use the app, it will keep track of the problems completed by each user.

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 Lesson 3, 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 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:

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

What’s New

Version 4.0

No changes in the English version.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
46 Ratings
46 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!

Sydney6586 ,

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.

Developer Response ,

The current version 3.9.8 has resolved this issue. Please update the app. Thank you.


Henry Borenson
543.3 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


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