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Algebra Balancing Scales

Algebra Balancing Scales

"This virtual manipulative allows you to solve simple linear equations through the use of a balance beam. Unit blocks (representing 1s) and X-boxes (for the unknown, X), are placed on the pans of a balance beam. Once the beam balances to represent the given linear equation, you can choose to perform any arithmetic operation, as long as you DO THE SAME THING TO BOTH SIDES, thus keeping the beam balanced. The goal, of course, is to get a single X-box on one side, with however many unit blocks needed for balance, thus giving the value of X."


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Ricardo Esteban Gonzalez Calderon
Ricardo Esteban Gonzalez Calderon (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

Exelente simulador para la resolucion de ecuaciones

Technical Remarks:

Muy intuitivo de utilizar, absolutamente recomendable

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 10 min
Richard Weber
Richard Weber (Faculty)
11 years ago
I worked around with the algebra balance scales for about 35 minutes. I found the simulation to be very helpful. The visual effects were very graphic as the scale moves while you are trying to keep it balanced. I thought the materials were accurately presented. This simulation would be very effective in a classroom setting as the students can work through many problems with the visual effects of the program.

Technical Remarks:

The program displays great graphics and contains friendly navagational buttons. I do believe that first time users would find the simulation to be easy to use and navagate.