Equation Editor


#21

There is no feature for adding math text to answer choice just yet, but we hope to add this very soon :wink:


#22

@barbara.padget Of course I’ll have time to reply :grinning:. If you create a graphing question, students can use desmo:

In addition, why not ask a “show your work” question, where students can draw or write their equations. Even step by step … ?


#23

How do you type mixed numbers?


#24

Great question! You can open up the button based equation editor by clicking on the “+” sign to the right of what you are creating and then select the option shown below. You can then just enter the values for each space:


#25

With the new equation editor, I am having trouble entering my geometry questions with LaTex. In the past, I would type a normal LaTex block incorporating text, overbars, congruence symbols, etc. Today, I started a new formative assessment and was surprised when the block was pre-populated. How can I override this option and type in LaTex?


#26

The button-based equation editor replaced the empty box where you entered code. Could you share a couple specific examples of what you a trying to enter? Maybe we can help!


#27

An example is this image: gfeq
These symbols are not on the button-based editor. Prior the the new editor, I could make type a block of LaTex code to render the symbols as follows:
\overline{PQ}\cap\overline{XT}=\overline{QT}
The ability to enter many mathematical symbols through the LaTex editor was a huge reason why I started using this platform. It saved me from having to save equations as images to import.


#28

Gotcha, well we can definitely consider adding back empty box to enter code as an alternative option and/or making more equation symbols available there. Thanks for the feedback! We record every piece we get!


#29

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, there’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.


#30

You are so welcome! We really appreciate the feedback :slight_smile:


#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 doesn’t come up for me to use when entering the answer key.


#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 :slight_smile: We record every piece and discuss it!


#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 then…:smile:


#34

This is an ingenious workaround! Nice job, Michelle :slight_smile: 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
#35

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


#36

That’s a great idea! Thanks for the feedback Matthew!


#37

I’ve found the Chrome extension Permanent Clipboard helpful for “canning” LaTeX code strings that I don’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.


#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 didn’t follow the syntax so I end up having to go over my formatives and “hand grade” them to take this into account.


#39

We have a new, advanced Numeric question type that allows students to respond with the button-based equation editor! If you don’t have premium, you can sign up here!

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


#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!