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Hands-On Equations®

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Hands-On Equations 1 App

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Hands-On Equations, Level 1 App

Hands-On Equations 1: The Fun Way to Learn Algebra

Teach your children the joys of learning algebra with Hands-On Equations 1 – the algebra app for children as young as eight!

“Dr. Borenson has devised an ingenious iPad application called Hands-On Equations that not only makes it exceptionally easy to learn algebra, but makes it fun too.” – Dr. Alex Davidovic, founder of Gifted Child Magazine and holder of the International Chess Master title

Hands-On Equations Level 1 App


Algebra can be a tricky subject to master but with the help of the 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 mobile device 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.

In Lesson 5, the student solves equations involving subtraction.

In Lesson 6, the student works with equations containing parenthesis.

Lesson 7 is a review Lesson.

A video introduction is provided for each lesson.  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!

The Ideal Introduction to Algebra

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.  The app may be used by several students and it will keep track of the problems completed by each one.

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.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating is 4.6 out of 5

8yo found this app fun

by BInK5 – Jul 27, 2018

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 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. 

School Systems Should Use This!!!!

by John Cafone – Jan 18, 2018

I’m 30 years old and studying for a job requirement exam and this is by far the best way to learn Algebra. I’ve struggled with Math my whole life and if I had this app in High School it would have made a world of difference. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

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

by thelovelyb88 – Jan 17, 2018

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.

Whaaaaat! Learning Algebra at 70? Yes! â˜…★★★★

by Plaquerty7687 – Sep 14, 2017

I love this app. I am having so much fun! I have tried several times to learn algebra. Couldn’t do it until I tried this app. I am going to continue with the rest of the apps associated with this learning tool. Thank you so much developing this app!

Maddox â˜…★★★★ 

by JD1651 – May 31, 2017

This app taught how to do algebra mentally in my head and I’m in third grade?????????????????????❤️❤️❤️❤️