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Algebra Balancing Scales


Algebra Balancing Scales

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"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... More
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: June 26, 2006
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 13, 2015
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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School, College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Ricardo Esteban Gonzalez Calderon
5 years ago

Ricardo Esteban Gonzalez Calderon (Teacher (K-12))

Exelente simulador para la resolucion de ecuaciones

Technical Remarks:

Muy intuitivo de utilizar, absolutamente recomendable

Time spent reviewing site: 10 min
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Avatar for Richard Weber
9 years ago

Richard Weber (Faculty)

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.

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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.