Is your kid finding it difficult to understand and solve algebraic equations? Are you on the lookout for a way to help your kid get an easy grasp of concepts, gain confidence and eventually get over his mental blocks? Learning Math can be fun, especially if it is presented in a fun and creative manner. Here is an iOS app named Hands–On Equations 1 Lite which presents an innovative way to understand, learn, teach and master algebraic equations and sharpen your kid’s logical thinking skills.
What’s the app about?
Hands-On Equations 1 Lite is an educational tool that explains the concepts of algebra in a lucid manner. It contains various types of linear equations and helps children to solve them without any difficulty. Hands-On Equations presents the concepts of algebra in a fun, learning environment and boosts your kid’s logical skills.
How does the app work?
Hands-On Equations 1 Lite is for kids from the age of 8. Options such as an introductory video, practice modules and exercises are available. The video provides a step-by-step explanation to solve linear equations and understand the working of the app. You will first have to complete the practice modules before you start working on the exercises. There are 10 exercises with an equation each to help your kid get a grasp on the concepts.
The equations are displayed on the blackboard, giving your child the familiar classroom ambiance. The linear equations are represented with pawns, cubes and a physical balance. The unknown X variable is represented by a blue pawn while the constants are represented by number cubes. Drag the pawns towards the physical balance to represent the variable X in the equation and drag cubes to represent the constants. For instance if the equation is 3x+1 = x+3, you would have to drag 3 pawns to the left and 1 pawn to the right of the physical balance. Use the number cubes to represent the constants. Now balance the equation by removing the number of pawns common to both sides. The answer which you get is the value of X.
You can cross-check your solutions with Hands-On Equations. There is also an auto-check option to help your kid understand how you get the answer.
Special features of the app:
The animation in the app is pretty good. The pleasant music that goes on throughout the game suits the theme perfectly. I feel more exercises should be included in the app and they should be split into categories age-wise. Otherwise, Hands-On Equations is an interactive app that teaches your kids to solve linear equations easily.
This is a free app. There are 3 more paid versions available, namely Hands-On Equations 1 for $4.99, Hands-On Equations 2 for $3.99 and Hands-On Equations 3 for $3.99. All the versions are compatible with iOS 4.3 or later.