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Video Review:

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

By Developer: Hands On Equations

This Hands on Equations apps are some of the best apps I have ever reviewed. It takes the potentially overwhelming concepts of algebra and makes them VERY simply understood. Not only that, but it is feels like a game – a very fun game, that gently builds basics while imbuing confidence in students!

The app takes the learner through 4 lessons, each include educational videos which explain how solve basic algebraic concepts. These are followed by problems to solve, giving one enough practice in order to gain a sound understanding. The problems are not just written equations, but have manipulatives to work with, in order to come up with the answers. Should additional help be needed, you can re-watch the video or press a help button which shows you how to do the problem – step by step in action.

If you would like a good look at what the app provides, there is a lite version which includes Level 1, allowing you a very good look and a lot of foundation.

I highly suggest this to anyone struggling with algebra – young and not so young, like me! Children 8 years and older will benefit from what it holds.

Just brilliant!

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 Borenson.

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


  • 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.
  • Lesson 2, the student places the game pieces into the image of the balance scale to represent both sides of the abstract equation.
  • Lesson 3, the student uses "legal moves" with the pawns to simplify and solve for the unknown x.
  • Lesson 4, the student learns to use legal moves with the cubes.

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