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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 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 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. The student learns to solve equations such as 8+2x+3-x=2x+1 and 2(2x+1)=3x+8. There are more than 80 equations for the student to enjoy and solve!

See a quick overview of this app at:

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.

Beginning with version 2.0, the app will keep track of the problems completed by several students.

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

What's New in Version 3.4

-Minor bug fixes for iOS 7


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Customer Reviews


I wasn't asked to review, but I just did Lesson 1 and feel that I simply must review this fine app. I'm in my 60's and have cognitive impairments from a head injury. This app gives me a fun way to exercise my neurons and also to learn something they didn't much teach girls 50 yrs ago. We were usually in sewing or cooking classes when the boys were in Algebra or Wood Shop. I love this app. Thank you very much.


We loved the "real-life" kit we purchased, so it was a no-brainer that we bought this app. I'm so very glad that we did. This is a "fun" way to do math and we can even do math on the road with the app.
The screen is easy to manipulate. The lessons are wonderful and has opened the door to higher learning math for my children.
Thank you!

Hands on Algebra

This is one of the best educational apps I have ever used. It really shows students how to grasp the complications of algebra by making it visual and concrete. Students will have so much fun as they learn algebra. They won't even know they are learning

Hands-On Equations 1 - The Fun Way to Learn Algebra
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2013
  • Version: 3.4
  • Size: 175 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish
  • Seller: Henry Borenson

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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