Hands-On Equations 3

Adding and subtracting integers

Teach your children the joys of learning algebra with Hands-On Equations 3 – for anyone who has completed Hands-On Equations 1 and 2.

This has to be the BEST app ever. If you have a child struggling with algebra or a child you would like to enrich, then this is definitely the app for you. It makes algebra ‘click’!” – App Store review by Stronggirl1

“Great intro to Algebra!”

This Hands-On Equations Level 3 app is intended for students who have already completed Level 1 and 2 of Hands-On Equations and who would like the challenge of more sophisticated equations involving negative numbers.

Hands-On Equations is the ideal introduction to algebra for elementary and middle school students. Not only will students have fun and be fascinated with the program, their sense of self-esteem will be dramatically enhanced as they experience success with sophisticated algebraic equations.

High school students struggling with algebra will likely experience success and understanding for the first time as they work.

In Level 3, the student solves equations such as 4x – (-4) = -8 and 3(-x) + 2 = -10 + x, which contain negative constants. The green numbered cube, which represents the opposite of the red numbered cube, is introduced at this level.

Since the red and green numbered cubes with the same numeral are opposite of each other, when they are together on the same side of the balance, their value is zero and may therefore be removed without affecting the balance.

A video introduction is provided for each lesson. Each video introduction is followed by two examples and ten exercises. It is essential for the student to view the lesson video prior to attempting the examples and exercises for that lesson.

Customer Reviews

Homeschool Parent

It has been so many years since I took an algebra class I thought it wise to download this app to test myself now that my kids are about to learn algebra. I have been doing the problems in front of my son as he reads a fiction book nearby. I think it sets a good example. I love how this technology applies to math education. The game provides manipulatives, pawns, and dice to represent numbers, negative numbers, and variables in a very concrete, hands-on way. The program provides instant feedback when you have answered your problem whether you’re right or wrong. It also tells you specifically whether your answer was wrong or your work was wrong. As a sidenote the instructor’s voice reminded me of the narrator from “The Neverending Story.”


My students fight to get to use the one iPad I have in the classroom to reinforce the manipulative version we use in class. Only one problem, my students with disabilities have problems using the wheel. It would be helpful if they could use the keyboard or a “click (touch) and drag” like you do with the pieces on level one.

Great supplement

I can’t wait to use this app with my students. The videos are great to help students who were absent for the original lesson or for students who need to review a lesson. Having the manipulatives for the students to practice with on the iPad is crucial to applying the concept. I will be buying the level 2 app to use now with my 5th graders.

Great app to teach algebra!

I love how he explains algebra! Math was always my favorite subject in school, but it came naturally to me so I had a hard time explaining why things work. Now I can help my fifth grader learn all about algebra without the stress. Thanks!

I Love HOE!!!

I’ve been using the physical version of HOE for fifteen years, and these new apps have added to my tool kit. Not only do this kids love it, but every teacher I show the apps to instantly wants to go get them for herself. Thank you for providing a new version of a classic tool!

Great App!

Having worked with Hands on Equations I and II, I was excited to work with students on level III! This app along with the others allows me to give students the option of using the the iPad or the manipulatives to work the problems out! I can use the level III to extend many fifth grade students!