Is there an easy way to type math symbols (think advanced math courses and algebra) in the answers for multiple choice questions?

# Equations and math symbols

**Jill_Nyahay**#3

Hi @jomoskowitz Iāve found a lot of keyboard shortcuts work with trial and error. For example, on a Mac

āoptionā + p = Ļ

āoptionā + v = ā

Hereās a list with many that Iāve tested myself in the answer field: http://sites.psu.edu/symbolcodes/mac/codemac/ Iām sure you could find a more encompassing list with more advanced symbols though.

**mseitz**#5

I use the Windows Character Map to find the symbols I need, usually using the Cambria Math font. Then, I copy the symbols that the students might need and paste them into a text box with the heading Math Symbol Table. My students, who use Chromebooks, copy and paste the symbols they need into the short answer answer block. As most of my formatives are created from PDFs, I put this text block between each page. I teach Algebra 2.

Hereās the current symbol table they are using on their quizzes and tests:

Math Symbols Table:

Ā± xĀ² xĀ³ xā“ ā ā ā ā ā¤ ā„ Ļ

Exponents Only: Ā² Ā³ ā“ āµ

This way, they can answer questions involving symbols without having to think about what ctrl + combo they need to use.

While this workaround does solve the problem right now, I REALLY, REALLY would like to see Formative provide a way to allow for math symbols to be directly input using a toolbar.

**mnunkester**#7

@jomoskowitz Thanks info for the link! My husband just got me a Mac a few weeks ago and itās all new to me! That list is awesome!

**david**#8

Woah, this is a super creative workaround! We have definitely heard a lot of teachers wanting a way for students to respond with math text and hope to develop this in the near future! I appreciate the feedback

**smithj**#10

Anybody ever do this on Chromebooks? As far as I know there is no ācharacter mapā in Chromebooks like there is in Windows.

**jenny.santiano**#11

If youāre using Chrome, there is an Extension called Equatio - formerly g(Math) - that I LOVE. It lets you create beautifully formatted equations and creates images of them that you can embed into Google Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings easily. You could try that, too.

**michael.lutz**#12

@jenny.santiano Please post the link to the extension. I didnāt find it in the web store.

**jenny.santiano**#13

https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/equatio/ is the link to their direct website.

Curious that it didnāt show upā¦ Were you looking in Extensions?

**michael.lutz**#14

@jenny.santiano Yes I was looking in Extension. My guess is, that there are different versions of Chrome Extensions (country based). However, with your provided link I was able to add the free version of EquatIO. A very useful tool for @Science_Educators as well with Chemistry and formulas tool! Check it out

**jomoskowitz**#15

Thanksā¦our students are on iPads, so something that doesnāt rely on workarounds would be great! Thanks.

**mseitz**#17

We are a 1:1 chromebook school and I am a Google Level 1 educator. I am not aware of a character map on the chrome. Thatās why I came up with the symbols chart on a windows machine. It probably would also work if you are in the Linux environment.

**mnunkester**#19

@jenny.santiano Thanks for the info and link on the Extension Equatio! Just added it and plan to share it wth my department members!

**senger13**#20

I have been typing the multiple choice answer choices in as text boxes (because there is an equation editor for that) and then adding the multiple choice question below it with āAā, āBā, āCā, and āDā as answer choices.