Algebra can be a difficult 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 application takes advantage of the visual and tactile characteristics of mobile devices to demystify complex algebraic concepts. The application can be used by several users and will keep a record of the problems completed by each user.
The original Hands-On Equations program, which uses physical game pieces, has already helped more than one million students gain confidence with algebra. Now, this same proven method is available virtually in the palm of your hand.
The unknown, x, is represented by a blue pawn; the number constants, by number cubes. Each lesson focuses on one key concept.
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 algebraic equation and then solves by using guess and check.
In Lesson 3 - 6, the student learns strategies for solving equations, including performing "legal moves" by removing the same number of blue pawns or the same cube value from both sides of the balance scale.
An instructional video introduces each lesson. It is essential that you watch the video before attempting to solve the two examples that follow the video, and the ten exercises for that lesson.
If you need assistance solving an equation, you can write to email@example.com to receive an individualized response.
Hands-On Equations 1 consists of six lessons and one review lesson. There are more than 80 equations for the student to enjoy and solve!
See an 8-year solving the equation x + 3x + x = x + 10 from Lesson 3: https://bit.ly/2jn7QDP
Hands-On Equations is the ideal introduction to algebra for elementary and middle school students. Not only will these students have FUN, but also their sense of self-esteem will be dramatically enhanced as they experience success with sophisticated looking algebraic equations.
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.
For more information on Hands-On Equations go to www.borenson.com.
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