# Answer Math Questions with Calculator Notation

Some questions require you to enter a mathematical expression for the answer, but do not display a tool for entering math notation. Instead, you type your answer using calculator notation.

If enabled by your instructor, an answer format tip is displayed below the answer box when it is selected and provides information about the form of the answer that is expected. Either of the following answer format tips might be shown:

- Enter a mathematical expression
- Enter a mathematical expression or equation with exact values

These questions are often displayed with the symbolic formatting help button . You can click this button to see the allowed notation.

Any response that is equivalent to the answer formula will be graded as correct. For example, 4x+12 would be equivalent to (x+3)4. You can enter an asterisk (*) for multiplication or use implicit multiplication with variables.