Hands-On Equations 1 app for the iPad & iPhone

(Now available for download at the App Store for $1.99) 




"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


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

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 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. 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!

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.

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.

For app support, send an email to info@borenson.com.

Customer Reviews


Epic app ★★★★★

by WIT84371 - Version 3.4 - Dec 13, 2013

A great way to learn algebra or practice what you already know.

Old guy ★★★★★

by rrpwge - Version 3.4 - Dec 11, 2013

For an old guy who hasn't used algebra in more years than I care to count, this is a great app for knocking of some of my rust.

Where were you 40 years ago? ★★★★★

by Hdzoomz - Version 3.4 - Dec 7, 2013

I struggled with this in high school. On a whim I wanted to see what apps were out there for algebra. I played the Lite version which was fun and easy. The full version was more of the same. Highly recommended.

Amazing! ★★★★★

by Izymoe - Version 3.4 - Nov 20, 2013

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!

I like it. ★★★★★

by iayhs - Version 3.3 - Oct 30, 2013

It is good.

Just finished level 1 ★★★★★

by cathyreed - Version 3.2 - Oct 5, 2013

I just finished level one, and came here to look for more levels. I always hated that I was such a poor math student in high school. I really enjoyed solving these problems. If I made an error it was easy to detect and fix, and I didn't have to worry about keeping up with the rest of the class, because you set your own pace.

Teacher Approval ★★★★

by ViolaGal19 - Version 3.2 - Oct 1, 2013

I taught fifth and sixth graders with these materials. I'm excited to see it in app form, too. One issue - lesson five exercise eight has the equation: x+3+2x=x+3 This cannot be solved.

'Really Cool' says my boy ★★★★★

by Hopemom123 - Version 3.2 - Sep 30, 2013

My 10 yr old loved this app and so did I. Teaches equation in such a fun and easy way. This would be fun and easy for someone who doesn't like Math too. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++