October 1, 2013

Vic Mahfood

Hands-On Equations 2 - The Fun Way to Learn Algebra

Developer Quote: "In Level 2 of Hands-On Equations 2 - The Fun Way to Learn Algebra, the student learns how to solve equations involving the white pawn -- whose name is "star" -- as well as the blue pawn and the red cubes."

- COST:     Free     - APP STORE STARS:     4-1/2
- Categories: Education, Elementary School, Games, High School, Math, Middle School, Puzzle, Universal

So kids are now into their 2nd or even 3rd month of school in the new school year. How are your kids faring with their math and algebra classes? Although I always enjoyed algebra as a sort of puzzle game, some kids don't like anything even remotely bearing a hint of math! They would rather spend time on any other homework assignment. Hands-On Equations 2 is a very helpful method of assisting children in understanding just how they should piece together their algebra equations. Check out some of the helpful attributes and game rules of this universal iPhone, iPad geometry helper app:

- The white pawn is an unknown like the blue pawn. The value of the white pawn is the opposite of that of the blue pawn. Hence if x = 3, star = -3.

- Since their sum is zero, when the white pawn and the blue pawn occur together on the same side of the scale they may be removed without affecting the balance.

- The notation used for the white pawn is that of an x with a crossbar through it. It has the name of “star” since it looks like a star. Later on in the program the students learn to recognize “(-x)” as another name for star.

- In Level 2 students learn to solve equations such as 4x+(-x)+1=2x+5 and 2x-(-x)=12.

- A video introduction is provided for each lesson. (See the sample YouTube video at http://youtu.be/VFYQ47EAqZw.) Each video introduction is followed by two examples and ten exercises.

- Hands-On Equations is the ideal introduction to algebra for elementary and middle school students.

See the light glimmer in the eyes of your children as the proverbial "lightbulb goes off" with their understanding. They can now feel pride and joy in completing their math assignments. Once understanding basic concepts they can move on with more clarity to undertaking other math related and algebra classes as they progress through school. Hands-On Equations 1 and 2 offer the perfect remedy to helpful and happy learning.

--Date/Version: Updated 9/8/13 - Version 3.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.3 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Developer: Henry Borenson


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