Automatic marking of equations

In order to type algebra which is displayed nicely (e.g. including integrals), students have to use Equation Editor. However, only algebra entered in Maple or Mathematical Formula question types can be marked automatically.  The former requires students to know Maple syntax – none do – and the latter is very limited in terms of what kind of input can be used e.g. no Greek symbols.  The feature that would be really useful is for the Equation Editor toolkit to be combined with the Maple / Math Formula question type so that students can type in algebra that looks nice and yet this can be interpreted using the Maple engine.

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    Boris Pavlovic commented
    21 Feb, 2020 04:57pm

    The Maple Syntax Symbolic question type gives the students maximum flexibility in how to enter things, including Greek characters. The palette options provided here are not as advanced as the equation tool instructors have for inserting equations into the body of questions, but the options here do not need to be mathematically or syntactically correct statements, which is why there is a disparity.

    When you say students need to enter things in Maple Syntax, the only direction they truly need is when to implicitly declare multiplication. This is due to the fact that multi letter variable and function names are permitted. The palette options in the Symbolic mode cover all other possibilities that can be interpreted by the math engine.

    In this case some helpful instructions and choosing the correct question type should be sufficient.

  • Guest commented
    21 Feb, 2020 11:51am

    Hi Boris,

    Thanks for getting back to me on this. Am I right in interpreting that this means the feature already exists, rather than the idea has already been logged? If this feature already exists, do you have any information or documentation on how the Equation Editor toolkit can be combined with the Maple / Math Formula question type in such a way that it can be interpreted in the Maple engine?


    * Nick