# Create mathPad Questions Using Symbolic Mode

You can create mathPad questions that use Symbolic mode to evaluate arithmetic and
algebraic expressions, but not equations, for equivalency to the answer. Because responses
are graded for mathematical equivalency, the form of the student's response is not
considered. For example, `4 x+12` would be equivalent to

`(`.

`x`+3)4- Prerequisites
- Evaluation Modes for Math Questions

Note: Do not require your students to use function notation in
an answer. WebAssign cannot grade answers that use function notation.

## Example mathPad Question Using Symbolic Mode

The following table summarizes an actual question.

QID |
1078951 |

Name |
Template2 4.MATHP.01. |

Mode |
Symbolic |

Question |
<watex>What is the formula for the distance \[d\] between the two points \[(x_1,y_1)\] and \[(x_2,y_2)\]?\\ \begin{array}{rl} \[ d = \] & <_>\\ \end{array}</watex> |

Answer |
<eqn $PAD='devmath'; ''> x_1,y_1,x_2,y_2:sqrt((x_2-x_1)^2+(y_2- y_1)^2) |

Display to Students |

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