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, 4x+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_2x_1)^2+(y_2 y_1)^2) 
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