The most advanced drag and drop algebra tool for the web.

How does it work?

What is Algebra By Hand™?

Algebra By Hand is a web app that will give your students advanced procedural fluency with

  • Simplifying expressions
  • Expanding expressions
  • Solving linear equations

It corrects your students’ assignments for you and gives you a full grade report so that you can grade less and teach more.

Algebra By Hand

  • is a set of highly-engineered manipulatives that your students can actually manipulate,
  • allows your students to drag and drop terms and factors to help them visualize the algebra-solving process,
  • prevents students from skipping steps and chronicles their solving process with a coherent narrative that you and they can review,
  • reduces their cognitive load allowing them to take a broader perspective and learn new solving strategies,
  • and takes away the fear of making a mistake because it will not let them perform an illegal algebraic operation. It’s like algebra with training wheels − you can go in the wrong direction, but you can’t fall off the bike.

What level Algebra is Algebra By Hand for?

Algebra By Hand is best introduced to your students after you have given them a basic understanding of algebraic concepts such as isolating variables by applying arithmetic operations to both sides of an equation. Typically this is near the completion of their first year of algebra. It is NOT designed for students with NO knowledge of the subject. We depend on your ability to teach them algebra's principles of balance as you currently do. Only after they understand WHY algebra works are they ready to make the leap to visualize solving equations the way most experts do − using advanced procedural fluency the way Algebra By Hand shows them.

Algebra By Hand records students’ route to a solution.  The only way for your students to get the answer is to show their work.

Algebra By Hand records students’ route to a solution. The only way for your students to get the answer is to show their work.

What hardware do my students need to use it?

Algebra By Hand works in all modern web-browsers such as Firefox, Safari, Edge, Chrome, and IE 9+. It works on touch devices as well as mouse or track pad-driven devices. This means that your students can do their assignments on Android smartphones and tablets, iPads, iPhones as well as Mac and PC desktops and laptops.

Do I need to create an account?

You can learn to use Algebra By Hand without an account by visiting the tutorial and trying some of the public worksheets.

Granting yourself a free teacher account enables you to adopt worksheets from the public library or create your own worksheets and answer keys using an easy-to-use built-in equation editor.

Create your own problems for your students to solve with an easy-to-use equation editor, or simply adopt a worksheet from our public library.

Create your own problems for your students to solve with an easy-to-use equation editor, or simply adopt a worksheet from our public library.

Does it cost anything to create an account?

No.

Does it cost anything to assign a worksheet to my class or client?

Yes. After you have created a free account, you can assign worksheets to your students in either of two ways.

if you are a classroom teacher who simply wishes to make a limited number of assignments throughout the year, you can purchase assignments separately for $4 each. For each assignment, Algebra by Hand delivers a worksheet to each of your students that they can complete online. With this plan, teachers of over-crowded classes pay the same $4 fee as teachers with a small class.

Or

If you are a tutor with many clients, you may want to consider purchasing a $75 annual subscription to Algebra By Hand that grants you the ability to make an unlimited number of assignments to any of your students/clients for a period of a year.

Do my students need to buy anything to do an assignment?

Students must have access to a smart phone, tablet, desktop computer, or laptop with an internet connection. There is no charge for students to create a student account and do worksheets in the public library or your assignments. Algebra By Hand never charges students to learn algebra.

  Single Assignment Annual Subscription
Cost $4 per assignment $75 per year
Number of Assignments 1 Unlimited for one year for any of your classes or clients
How do I pay? Use a credit card when you assign your worksheet.
Choose “Annual Subscription” when you assign your next worksheet to your student(s).
Typically For Teachers with Classrooms containing multiple students or tutors with a small number of clients Tutors with multiple clients
Typical Usage You want to make a limited number (< 20) of Algebra By Hand assignments to your classes within a year. You have a large number of individual students that all need different assignments at different times.

What am I getting if I buy an assignment or annual subscription?

You get a full live grade report for each of your students' assignments. It lets you easily track who in your class is having difficulty and what types of problems are giving your students the most difficulty. At a glance it gives you a helpful chart that shows you how many solving steps it took each student to solve each problem. You can also dive more deeply into the report to see the exact steps each student used to attempt to solve each problem - just as if they had done it on paper, but without suffering through messy handwriting. It saves you time, because you do not need to correct assignments - Algebra By Hand does it for you. All this information allows you to enter your next session with a more focused plan.

See who’s struggling and what types of problems pose the most issues for the class as a whole in a single glance.

See who’s struggling and what types of problems pose the most issues for the class as a whole in a single glance.

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