Hands-On Equations consists of three levels. At each level, students use the game pieces to physically "set up" the given equation on the laminated balance scale. They then use "legal moves" to physically solve the equation. Students also learn to solve the equations using a pictorial solution.

Hands-On Equations is innovative teaching methodology which was awarded a U.S. patent. It is a program which:

- Simplifies the teaching of algebraic concepts
- Makes algebraic concepts accessible to students in grades 3 - 8
- Uses the game pieces to physically represent and solve algebraic linear equations

- Enables students to enjoy their learning experience
- Promotes greater interest in mathematics
- Enhances student self-esteem
- Enables students to physically represent and solve word problems
- Provides students with a solid foundation for later algebraic work
- Does not require any algebraic prerequisites

**Level I: Lessons #1 - #7: Red Booklet. **Students use the red cubes and blue pawns to setup and solve equations such as:

**4 x + 3 = 3x + 9 and 2(2x + 1) = 3x + 10.**

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Click on the image above to see a video solution to the above example. Click here to see the solution as shown on the printed Hands-On Equations Level 1 manual.

**Level II: Lessons #8 - #16: Blue Booklet.** Students use the red cubes, blue pawns, and white pawns to setup and solve equations such as:

**2 x = **

Note: Star, written as *x**, *is a new* *mathematical notation developed by Dr. Borenson for the opposite of *x*. It is a more compact symbol than the traditional notation, (-*x*). See note following the video below.

Once students have learned the algebraic concepts using the star notation and the white pawn, they are then ready to transfer their learning and make sense of examples such as **2 x + (-x) + 3 = 2(-x) + 12** and

**Level III: Lessons #17 - #26: Green Booklet.** Students use the red cubes, blue pawns, white pawns, and green cubes to setup and solve equations such as:

**2x + 3 = - 6 + x **and

Click here to see the above video.