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Algebra Touch

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Rearrange and solve polynomials for deep understanding.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Algebra Touch includes extensive step-by-step instructions for how to use the app and also how the algebra works. In the portion where kids can create their own equations, it wasn't immediately intuitive to drag the operators into the equation instead of tapping on them.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Algebra Touch is an educational app that teaches and allows practice of algebraic concepts. Kids learn to drag and rearrange single-variable polynomials so that like terms are together for easier adding. Then kids can tap the operator between the terms to compute answers. Terms can be factored or combined until the variable is isolated. Kids (or parents) can also create their own problems to rearrange and solve. The app saves the problems that were created for later use. Kids can contact others via email or Facebook to get help with problems.

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What's it about?

Kids choose a lesson, then a basic problem related to that lesson appears with a written explanation. Along with the explanation comes an instruction ("Tap the +") telling kids what to do next to make the answer appear. Kids can then practice that lesson. Practice goes beyond the expectation that kids will enter the final answer; rather, kids tap the steps involved in solving the equation, and the app gives the answer. Tap incorrectly and the image simply wiggles. Choose correctly and the next step appears until kids arrive at the final answer.

Is it any good?

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ALGEBRA TOUCH allows kids to manipulate and solve single-variable algebraic equations and terms in a very creative way. Kids drag their finger on the screen to move terms from one side of the equation to the other, or they can tap to factor or solve. Tapping will compute all the arithmetic automatically, except for division, since the app requires fractions to be fully reduced before the answer is correct. Students who want extra practice or a new way to approach essential concepts can find both in Algebra Touch, a unique supplement to basic algebra education.

Families can talk about...

  • For kids who seem to be ahead of the math curve in school, offer this app as a way to allow them to dig deeper into the concepts and challenge themselves in a fun way.

  • Encourage kids struggling in certain areas of algebra to choose those specific topics on this app to approach the problems in a different way.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows
Subjects:Math: addition, algebra, division, equations, fractions, functions, multiplication, subtraction
Language & Reading: following directions
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, logic, making conclusions
Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 20, 2012
Category:Education
Publisher:Regular Berry
Version:1.5.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Parent of a 12 and 13 year old Written bymomsue August 15, 2011

Superb

This is what an app should be. This is suited to all math learners, especially those who are frustrated by stupid games that have the added stress of time limits. This app makes math beautiful, almost hypnotic. I never understood algebra until now. Worth 10 stars. I hope they make many mire apps like this one.
Educator Written byemanders October 11, 2011

Algebra Touch is a Great App.

I am a teacher and have used this app with several students to try it out. I love this app. It's very affordable and does a great job helping kids solve problems. Students should practice telling you what they are doing to solve the problem to check their learning/strategies. They learn to simplify (condense/collect like terms, eliminate), factorize, substitute, and distribute. It also helped me brush up on skills I hadn't used in years.
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