This virtual manipulative allows a teacher or student to represent a linear equation and solve it through the use of a balance beam. Unit blocks (representing 1s) and x-boxes (representing the unknown), are placed on the pans of a balance beam. Once the beam balances to represent the given linear equation, the learner can choose to perform any arithmetic operation to both sides of the equation keeping the beam balanced. The goal, of course, is to get a single X-box on one side, with however many unit blocks needed for balance thus giving the value of x. There is also the option of creating your own equations to solve.


  • Mathematics > General
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Make use of structure,NSDL,Grade 5,Addition,Grade 8,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140728161043677T,Visual representation,Mathematics,Number concepts,Social Sciences,Arithmetic,Grade 7,Concept formation,Division,Number and operations,Linear,Upper Elementary,Algebra,Properties of operations,Model with mathematics,Subtraction,Multiplication,Modeling,Equations,Informal Education,Whole numbers,Middle School,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-027,Practice Standards,Grade 6,Elementary School,Algorithms,Representation,Algebraic thinking,Computing and Information,Operations,Mental calculation,Balancing Equations, Solving Equations, One-step equations, Variable,Algebraic representation,Engineering,Process skills,Education



Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike


This resource has not yet been aligned.
Curriki Rating
'NR' - This resource has not been rated
'NR' - This resource has not been rated

This resource has not yet been reviewed.

Not Rated Yet.

Non-profit Tax ID # 203478467