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6 Authoring Mathematical Questions


6.1. Authoring Mathematical Questions
Fundamental Capabilities
Mathematics Question Types
6.2. Basic Math Syntax in the System
Writing Mathematical Expressions
Variable Names
Operator and Function Syntax
6.3. Understanding the Math Capabilities in the System
6.4. Student Responses and Grading
Student Responses
Controlling Answer Format in Numeric Questions
Controlling Answer Tolerance
Setting a Margin of Error in Non-numeric Questions
Significant Digits in Maple Questions
Using Maple Code to Prevent Cheating in Maple Syntax Questions
Entering Chemistry Expressions
Plotting a Student Response
6.5. Using Formula Syntax
6.6. Using the Equation Editor to Create Formatted Math Expressions
Editing with the Equation Editor
Equation Editor Palette
Equation Editor Requirements and Syntax
6.7. Using MathML to Create Formatted Math Expressions
Inline Display of Formatted Math Expressions
MathML Authoring with MathType
MathML in the Questions
Simplified Math Expressions
6.8. Plotting Using Maple
Displaying a Maple Plot
6.9. Mathematical Functions & Operations
6.10. Using a Table of Units
Default Table of Physical Unit Equivalents
Custom Table of Equivalent Units
6.11. Tutorial: Displaying Answers vs. Formulas for Answers
Displaying the answer Field Formula:
Displaying the Calculated Final Answer:
Displaying Both the Formula for the Answer and the Final, Calculated Answer:
6.12. Tutorial: Formatting Integers and Reals
6.13. Tutorial: Setting Margin of Tolerance in Non-numeric Questions
Absolute Errors
Percentage Errors
Algorithmic Variables
Using the ? Operator in Complex Expressions
6.14. Overview of Algorithmic Question Capabilities
6.15. How Does an Algorithmic Question Work in an Assignment?
Assignment Creation
Assignment Use
6.16. Working with Variable Data
Types of Variables
Functions within Algorithms
Inline Variable Expressions
Rules for Naming Variables
6.17. Generating Random Numbers in Questions
6.18. Functions and Arguments
decimal(n, x), sig(n, x), int(x)
eq(a, b), ge(a, b), le(a, b), ne(a, b)
frac(a, b)
gcd(a, b)
gt(a, b), lt(a, b)
if(a, b, c)
indexof(k, a, b, c, d, ...)
java(cn, a, b, c, d, ...)
lsu(n, x)
max(a, b, c, d, ...), min(a, b, c, d, ...)
numfmt(fmt, x)
rand(m, n), rand(m, n, k)
Random Integer Generation range(n), range(m, n), range(m, n, k)
rank(n, a, b, c, d, ...)
Random Integer Generation rint(n), rint(m, n), rint(m, n, k)
Statistical Operations
strcat(a, b, c, d, ...)
sum(varname, start, stop, expr)
switch(n, a, b, c, ...)
6.19. Mathematical and Logical Operators in Algorithms and Answers
Unreserved Operations
Reserved Operations
6.20. Question Chaining Variables
Details on Question Chaining
6.21. Setting Plot Options
2-D Plot Statement Options
3-D Plot Statement Options
6.22. Details on Using Algorithmic Variables
The Answer Field Evaluation and Requirements
Controlling Display of Numbers within Questions
Variables within Variable Statements
Displaying the $ (Dollar Sign) in Questions
Displaying the Backslash Symbol in Questions
Text Strings in Variable Statements
6.23. Tutorial: Algorithmic Question
6.24. Tutorial: List-based Variables
6.25. Tutorial: Maple-based Algorithmic Question Authoring
Using a Text or HTML Editor
Using the Question Editor
Tutorial 1
Tutorial 2

6.1 Authoring Mathematical Questions

Maple T.A. provides cross-platform support for learning content that includes numeric or symbolic mathematics expressions, and chemistry equations and expressions.

Fundamental Capabilities

  • Integrated mathematics parser and Math Syntax for expressions
  • Maple-graded expressions
  • Graded free-response mathematics questions containing numeric responses, equations, formulas, physical units, and combinations of numbers, formulas, and units
  • MathML support
  • Inline expression rendering from graphing calculator syntax to formatted MathML expressions
  • System evaluation of equivalent symbolic, numeric, equation, and unit expressions
  • Automatic recognition of scientific notation in the answer field and in student responses
  • Control over precision, significant digits, and margin of error/tolerance in questions
  • Support for questions using Maple
  • Support for questions that use plots generated by Maple

Mathematics Question Types

Maple T.A. offers 14 varieties of mathematical and scientific free response question types (including formula, numeric, and questions that use the Maple mathematical software to grade and plot student responses).

Numeric Question Types