Thank you for your responsiveness! I imagine people are happy with the easy access to expanded functions and symbols offered in the button-based editor. For those familiar with LaTex, thereâ€™s a lot more that can be done within this platform. I for one would be appreciative of having a way to access the empty box for code.

# Equation Editor

**michelle.wooten**#31

How do you use the equation editor to enter an answer (in the answer key) involving symbols (such as the radical symbol) if the question is a numeric type? Students get the box to enter their response but it doesnâ€™t come up for me to use when entering the answer key.

**david**#32

Currently, you cannot create items in the answer key with the equation editor. We are definitely strongly considering implementing this and appreciate the feedback We record every piece and discuss it!

**michelle.wooten**#33

Thank you for your quick response. I have managed a work around by entering it in the question, then copying and pasting. So until thenâ€¦

**david**#34

This is an ingenious workaround! Nice job, Michelle I made a GIF to show other @Math_Educators how you can use the equation editor for the answer key of Numeric questions!

@barbara.padget

Some Features I Would Like to See

I am having similar issues and suggested to Nicole the idea of a toggle to switch between the basic LaTeX input panel and â€śadvancedâ€ť manual entry mode (which sets the editor back to the way it was).

Iâ€™ve found the Chrome extension Permanent Clipboard helpful for â€ścanningâ€ť LaTeX code strings that I donâ€™t want to re-type. The extension packages strings of text so that it can be quickly accessed and copied to the clipboard for pasting anywhere! It is a big time saver.

**mxn12**#38

I would LOVE for there to be an equation editor available for my students to use when inputting answers. Right now, I try workarounds like using sqrt(x) for square root of x, ^2 for squared, etc. However, it would be really nice for students to be able to write their short answers with an equation editor. Often, I find students had the right answer but just didnâ€™t follow the syntax so I end up having to go over my formatives and â€śhand gradeâ€ť them to take this into account.

**david**#39

We have a new, advanced Numeric question type that allows students to respond with the button-based equation editor! If you donâ€™t have premium, you can sign up here!

If you want this question type to be auto-scored, you can use this workaround:

**rmann**#40

This is such a great work around! Students often spend more time focusing on how to input math correctly instead of the actual mathematical content! I love that Formative has delivered this numeric response question type!

**david**#41

I know, right? Hats off to @michelle.wooten for finding it! Also, thanks for the kinds words. I am glad that we can offer options that help students focus on sharing their thinking

**sbutler**#43

Iâ€™m not seeing places for calculus inputs such as an integral sign. Am I missing this? I teach AP calculus and would like them to be able to use this feature too

**david**#44

What are all the specific symbols youâ€™d like added to the calculator? We can definitely consider adding more.

**sbutler**#45

An integral sign and a summation sign would be fantastic. Also the ability to write piecewise functions would be good too

**mjdeister**#47

I see you have sin but no cosine on the calculator. How do you display cos. Also, I need theta and I donâ€™t see that symbol either.

**david**#48

Thanks for the feedback, Myra! We can definitely consider adding both of these to the calculator!