Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 73 / JUNE 1986 / PAGE 114

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Commodore, Apple II Educational Software
Balance! is an interactive program that teaches students about solving equations. By working with graphically displayed linear equations on a "balance beam," students can literally see the equation-solving process, and better understand it. It's aimed at beginning algebra students, advanced students who want to review the basics, and parents and teachers looking for more effective ways of teaching basic math concepts.
    Developed at the New York Institute of Technology, the program strives to teach what an equation is and how it works; understand that a solution is a unique value which, when inserted in the equation, causes its two sides to be equal; and to develop a strategy, or algorithm, for solving equations and to understand how and why the algorithm works.
    Available for Apple II and Commodore 64, Balance! retails for $49.
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