Algebra Balance Scales

Activity, Manipulative, Publisher, National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Solve simple linear equations using a balance beam representation. 2-step equations.

Updated 3 April 2022: Version that doesn't use Java.

13 September 2009 Edit: 3 April 2022

Requires: Java The CheerpJ Applet Runner, an extension for the Chrome browser, allows legacy applets requiring Java to run.

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Algebra Balance Scales - record sheet
Content: Worksheet - Print · File type: PDF · 26 Aug 2012 · by Simon Job

Equations with pronumerals on both sides
Content: Interactive, Manipulative, Worksheet - Print · File type: PDF · 24 Jul 2012 · by Simon Job

Two-Step Equations
Content: Interactive, Manipulative, Worksheet - Print · File type: PDF · 30 Jul 2012 · by Simon Job

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Simon Job on  19 October 16  at  07:27 AM #CONTRIBUTOR

Yes, this still works, but I can only test on a Mac and Windows 7.
Maybe verify Java
There is an FAQ about Java and Windows 10

jmorgan6 on  18 October 16  at  11:45 PM #

Can you still get this to work? I have Windows 10 and I get the Problem Loading Virtual Manipulative and yet Java scripts are enabled in my Web Browser.

Simon Job on  02 July 13  at  07:44 PM #CONTRIBUTOR

I use this with my classes on an IWB (or projector). I use the worksheet under Downloads for students to record their steps. It is nice that the manipulative does allow some incorrect steps.