Top 5 iPad Apps for Algebra Class

Algebra Apps Weighing less than 1.5 pounds, the iPad is poised to replace cumbersome, outdated textbooks. Offering multi-touch textbooks and educational apps, this versatile device is both interactive and accessible.

Students love to play with them, but even more importantly, the iPad can become a functional tool for learning and practicing new skills in mathematics through engaging, educational apps. Whether your students require remediation or are gifted mathematicians, here are 5 apps to supplement Algebra instruction. The best part is that they all cost less than $10.00.

“Algebra” by

Offering Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, created these apps for algebra tutoring and help with homework. The apps replicate the classroom experience with video examples, interactive practice problems, challenge problems, multiple choice quizzes, practice worksheets, and review notes. A lesson can take anywhere from 20-45 minutes to complete. Algebra 1 offers 12 chapters of multiple mini-lessons, including “Combining Like Terms” and “Inverse Variation.” Priced at $9.99, it is less expensive than hiring a private tutor.

Algebra Boot Camp” by Pocket Cocktails Inc.

Jones APR offers this interactive reference e-book, based on a top-selling algebra book. The technical consultant, Alistair Savage, has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale University. Problems are broken down into step-by-step instructions with colorful illustrations. There is a sidebar that contains additional tips and there are review questions for every section. The menu is user friendly and it is simple to jump to any section at the touch of a button. Priced at $2.99, it is far cheaper than the $25 textbook.

“Algebra Touch” by Regular Berry Software, LLC

Algebra Touch is a nifty interactive tool that lets you work with single-variable polynomials. Students can solve the problems offered, or create their own from scratch. Terms can be dragged from one side of the screen to the other. To solve the problem, simply tap the operator between the terms. At a mere $1.99, this fun app can keep them engaged for hours.

“HMH Math On the Spot” by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

What student doesn’t like short, engaging, and fun videos? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt brings us math tutorials, delivered by the highly engaging math instructors Dr. Edward Burger and Dr. Freddie Renfro. There are over 1,400 videos for math topics ranging from 6th grade to Algebra 2, all aligned to the Common Core Standards. You can create favorite play lists and many of the tutorials offer close captioning and Spanish audio. Each video bundle costs $1.99.

“meStudying: Algebra 1″ by gwhiz, LLC

Brought to you by the Florida Virtual School, meStudying: Algebra is the perfect app for practicing new skills. All of Algebra 1 is covered and the screen has a large layout, scratch pad, and calculator. Feedback is given immediately, thorough explanations are given for every question, and the app is easy to navigate. For every correct answer, students can check that they chose the best method. For incorrect answers, a detailed explanation is given on how to correctly solve the problem. Questions can be starred to return to later. It is definitely a bargain at $4.99.


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