9QuestionTypes
9.1QuestionTypesAvailableintheSystem
Therearemanydifferentquestiontypesavailableinthesystem.Thefollowinglistdescribessomeofthemost-used
questiontypes.
• QuestionDesigner—AQuestionDesignerquestioniscreatedthroughtheQuestionEditor.TheQuestionDesigner
isapowerfulandflexiblequestioncontainerthatcanholdmultipleresponseareas.Theresponseareasareanswer
regionssupportingvariousquestiontypesallinasinglequestion.TheQuestionDesigneralsoprovidesaflexible
layoutenvironment,makingiteasytoincludeimages,tables,andsooninyourquestion.
• AdaptiveQuestionDesigner—AnAdaptiveQuestionDesignercanbeusedtocreateanadaptivemultipartquestion.
Ratherthanpresentingwithallthepartsofthequestionatonce,asinaquestiondesignerormultipartquestion,you
canpresentjustonepartofthequestion,andthenonlyshowthesecondpartifthestudentgetspart1incorrect(or
correct).
• Clickableimagemap—Aclickableimagequestionpresentsanimagewithanumberofhotspots.Studentsarerequired
toidentifythecorrectimageelementbyclickingtheappropriatehotspot.
• Formula—Aformulaquestionallowsinstructorstocompareastudentresponse(generallyamathematicalexpression)
toaspecifiedanswer.Ithasseveralvariants.
• FormulamodC—acceptsanswerwithinanadditiveconstant
• Formulawithphysicalunits—requiresunitsaswellasanumericvalue
• MultiFormulaorFormulaList—acceptsanswersasalistofvalues(unorderedorordered)
• RestrictedFormula—thecorrectansweronlyusesbasicoperations(nologsortrig)
• Equation—answerisanequation
• Chemistry—acceptschemicalequations
• Keyword—Akeywordorphrasequestionsearchesthestudent'sresponseforspecifiedkeywordsorphrases,ig-
noringothertext.
• List—Alistquestionisfill-in-the-blanksquestion.Itofferssomeadvancedfeatures,includingtheabilitytogive
partialcredittocertainanswers.
• Maple-graded—AMaple-gradedquestionusestheMaplemathematicalsoftwaretogeneratealgorithmicvariables
inquestions,generateplots,andevaluatestudentresponses.TheMaple-gradedquestiontypegivesyouaccessto
thecomputationalpowerofMaple.Youhaveaccesstomanydifferentkindsofmathematicalobjects.Thisquestion
typeallowsforquestionswithcomplicatedanswers,questionswithdifferentpossibleanswers,andquestionsrequiring
apowerfulanswer-equivalencechecker.Youcanevenfindcommonerrorsandassignpartialcredit.
• Matching—Amatchingquestiondisplaystwolists.Thestudentmustmatcheachelementofthefirstlistwithan
elementofthesecondlist.
• Multipart—Amultipartquestioncancontainavarietyofrelatedquestionmaterials,data,andevencasescenarios
fordifferenttypesofassessmentandlearning.Amultipartquestionisbuiltoutofanumberofindividualquestions,
whichcanbeofanyquestiontype(exceptadaptive).
• Multiplechoice—Amultiple-choicequestioncanhaveanynumberofchoices,andhasexactlyonecorrectanswer.
Youcanaddadditionalincorrectchoicesafterthequestionisinitiallycreated.Thechoicescanbepresentedinstatic
orpermutingorder.
• Multipleselection—Amultipleselectionquestionissimilartomultiplechoicequestions,butthequestioncanhave
morethanonecorrectanswer.Thechoicescanbepresentedinstaticorpermutingorder.Studentsmustselectall
correctanswerstogetfullcredit.Otherwise,thescoreiscalculatedusingaformulathattakesintoaccountthe
numberofcorrectandincorrectanswers.
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• Numeric—Anumericquestioncomparesastudent'sresponsetoagivennumber,withorwithoutunits.Youcan
requirethestudentresponsetoacertainprecisionorwithinacertainmarginoferror.
• Palette—Apalettequestionenablesyoutoprogramacustomizedpaletteofsymbolsfortheentryofstudentresponses.
• Trueorfalse—Atrueorfalsequestionistreatedasaclassofmultiplechoicequestionfeaturingonlytwochoices.
YoucanincludeaMapleplotinanyquestiontype(includingnonmathematicalquestiontypes).Formoreinformation,
seePlottingUsingMaple(page221).
Foracompletelistofquestiontypes(nonmathematicalandmathematical),seeQuestionModes(Question
Types)(page143).
9.2MathQuestionTypes
MathQuestionTypes-Overview
BasicQuestionTypes
ThefundamentalmathquestiontypeisFormula.Thisappearsasaquestionstatement,followed(onaseparateline)
byasinglefree-responseentrycellthatacceptsamathformula,thatis,anexpressionconsistingofnumbers,variable
names,andthestandardarithmeticoperatorsandfunctions.Thesystemgradesitbycomparingitwiththecorrectanswer.
Ifthestudentresponseandthecorrectanswerarealgebraicallyornumericallyequivalent,theresponseisgradedcorrect.
Torequirethattheresponsehaveaspecifiedform,usetheformsubtype.Tocreateaformulaquestionwithmultiple
inputcellstoholdcloselyrelatedresponsestothesamequestionstatement,usetheMultipartFormulaquestiontype.
TheNumericquestiontypeacceptsnumericquantitiesornumericquantitieswithunitsinstudentresponses,and
automaticallyprocessesscientificnotationexpressions.
TheDimensionedFormulaquestiontypeacceptsacombinationofnumericquantitiesandphysicalunits.Itrecognizes
equivalentphysicalunits.Forexample,if500gisspecifiedasthecorrectanswer,0.5kgisalsogradedcorrect.
• Anymathquestiontypecanincludealgorithmicallyrenderedplots.TheMaple-gradedquestiontypevastly
expandsthemathandscientificvisualizationcapabilitiesofthesystem.YoucanincludeaMapleplotinany
questiontype(includingnonmathematicalquestiontypes).(Formoreinformation,seePlottingUsing
Maple(page221).)InMaplequestions,youcanspecifyMaplecodetogenerateaplotbasedonthestudentre-
sponse.(Formoreinformation,seePlottingaStudentResponse(page209).)
OtherMathQuestionTypes
• Youcanlimittherangeofstandardmathfunctionsavailable.Forexample,thequestion"Whatissin(Pi/4)?"
shouldaccepttheanswerssqrt(2)/2and1/sqrt(2)butnotsin(Pi/4).TheRestrictedFormulatypelimitsthe
functionsthatthestudentscanusetothosecommonlyfoundonanon-scientificcalculator(forexample,the
arithmeticoperatorsandsqrt).
• ThebasicFormulatypedoesnotacceptequations,thatis,expressionsconsistingoftwocomponentsseparated
byan"="sign.Forthesequestions(forexample,toaccepty-3=4(x+1)andy=4x+7),usetheEquationtype.
• Questionsthathaveanswerswithanadditiveconstant(forexample,aconstantofintegrationinindefinitein-
tegrationquestions)havemanyvalidanswersthatdifferbytheadditionofaconstantquantity.TheFormula
ModCtypeacceptsallsuchanswersasequivalent.
• Tocreateaquestionthatrequiresaresponsewithmultiplevaluesorformulasinaspecificorder,usetheFormula
Listquestiontype.
• TheMultiFormulaquestiontypeacceptsanunorderedlistofnumbersorformulasseparatedbysemicolons.
Aquestionthathasasingleformulaanswerisgradedcorrectlyifthistypeisused.Itisrecommendedthatyou
usetheMultiFormulatypeforquestionsthathaveasinglecorrectanswer,but,ingeneral,havemultiple
correctanswersbecausetheFormulatypepresentationindicatestostudentsthatthereisonlyonesolution.
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Forexample,theonlyrootofx^2-2x+1isx=1(withmultiplicitytwo),but,ingeneral,adegreetwopolynomial
hastworoots.
• Tocreateaquestionthatacceptsresponsesthatincludeamatrix,usetheMapleSyntaxquestiontype.Ifyou
prefertopresentarectangulararrayofentryboxesforresponses,usetheQuestionDesignerorMatrixtype.
• ForquestionsinvolvingvectorsandCartesiancoordinates,usetheNtupletype.
• Tocreateaquestionwithmultipleresponseareas(perhapsofdifferenttypes),includingformulas,usethe
QuestionDesignerorAdaptiveQuestionDesignertype.
Foracompletelistofquestiontypes(nonmathematicalandmathematical),seeQuestionModes(Question
Types)(page143).
Note:TheBlanks[formula]questiontypeisdeprecated.UsetheQuestionDesignerquestiontypeinstead.
MathQuestionTypesComparisonTable
Thisisalistofsupportedmathquestiontypes.
Table9.1:MathQuestionTypesComparison
ExampleResponses
Description
QuestionType
e
x
sin(x
2
)
Acceptsnumbersandformulas
Formula
1/sqrt(2)
Acceptsnumbersandformulasthatdonotincludetri-
gonometricfunctionsorlogarithms.
Restricted Formula
y-2 = 4(x+1)
Gradesequivalentequationsascorrect.(Otherquestion
typesdonotallowthe"="sign).Note:Theexpression
givenasthecorrectanswermustconsistofasingle
variableontheleft-handsideoftheequationanda
formulathatdoesnotinvolvethatvariableontheright
handside.(Thatis,youcannotspecifyanimplicitfor-
mula.)Thisrestrictiondoesnotapplytostudentsenter-
ingtheiranswers.
Equation
4.7 * 10
5
Acceptsnumbersindecimalform.Scientificnotation
isallowedbutformulasarenotallowed.Alsoallows
youtospecifyrequiredphysicalunits.
Numeric
Forinformation,seeMaple-gradedQuestionType-
Overview(page159).
Maple
x ln(x)
x ln(x)+ + 1
Numbersandformulas.Acceptstwoanswersasequi-
valentiftheydifferbyaconstantnumber.
Formula Mod d C
4;
5x; 3
Acceptsanunorderedlistofnumbersorformulasasa
listofnumbersandformulasseparatedbysemicolons.
Theanswermustmatchthetermsofthelistinanyor-
der.Explanatorytexttellsstudentstoenteranyorder
ofnumbersorformulasseparatedbysemicolons.
Multi Formula
(2, 4t, 7t+1)
ForquestionsaboutCartesiancoordinatesorvectors.
Acceptsanorderedlistofnumberorformulasseparated
bycommas.(forexample,aCartesianpointoravector).
Parenthesesarerecommendedbutnotrequired.Explan-
atorytexttellsstudentstoenteralistofformulassepar-
atedbycommasenclosedinparentheses.
Ntuple
2, 4, 8, 16
Acceptsanorderedlistofnumbersorformulas.Paren-
thesesacceptedbutnotrecommended.Gradingissame
asforNtuple.Explanatorytexttellsstudentstoenter
anorderedlistofformulasornumbersseparatedby
commas.
Formula List
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ExampleResponses
Description
QuestionType
Multiplequestionsarrangedinparts(a),(b),(c),...
Otherwiseoperateslikeaformulaquestion.
Multipart Formula
3
4x
2
sin(x) 6
Arectangulararrayofentryboxesthatacceptnumbers
andformulas.
Matrix
sin(x)
6
m
6m
cos(x) m/s
Acceptsalgebraicformulas,unitdimensions,numeric
responses,oranycombinationofthese.
Dimensioned formula
in-line formula
expressions
Flexiblequestiontypethatcanincludenumerousre-
sponseareas,includingnearlyallthemathquestion
typeslistedinthistable,suchasformula,numeric,and
Maplequestions.
Question Designer
in-line formula
expressions
SamemathfunctionalityasQuestionDesignerquestion
type
Adaptive Question Designer
AdaptiveQuestionDesigner
QuestionMode:AdaptiveQuestionDesigner
QuestionEditorquestiontype:AdaptiveQuestionDesigner
Questionfile(.qu)syntax:
qu.x.y.mode=Adaptive Inline@
AdaptiveQuestionDesignerquestionscanincorporatemultiplequestiontypeswithinonequestion,includingnearly
allmathquestiontypes.
ForinformationanddetailsontheAdaptiveQuestionDesignerquestiontype,seeAdaptiveQuestions(page171).
Blanks[formula]
QuestionMode:blanks[formula]option
Questionfile(.qu)syntax:
qu.x.y.mode=blanks@
blank.<blank_number>=<math_expression>@
grader.<blank_number>=formula@
Theblanks[formula]questiontypeisdeprecated.UsetheQuestionDesignerquestiontypeinstead.SeeQuestion
DesignerQuestions(page188).
Chemistry
QuestionMode:Formula
QuestionEditorquestiontype:Mathematicalformula
Questionfile(.qu)syntax:
qu.x.y.mode=Formula@
qu.x.y.grading=chemistry@
Inthechemistryquestiontype,studentresponsesrequireaformulathatmatchesthecorrectanswer.
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Table9.2:RulesandKeysforEnteringChemistryExpressions
Keys
Expression
Entersuperscriptsusingthecaret^character,andsubscriptsusing
theunderscore_.
SuperscriptsandSubscripts
Usethetext->,<-,<=>forarrows.
ArrowsinEquations
Use*forthecenterdotoperator.
OtherOperators
Usethe+signinequations.
Usethe-signtoindicateioncharges
Nootheroperationsareallowedinequations.
Besuretoincludephysicalstates(inparentheses)ifyourequation
requiresthem.
PhysicalStates,
Ioncharges,andParentheses
Usethe+and-charactersforpolarityandioncharges
Useparenthesestoclarifyinterpretationofgroupsofcharacters
SeeAlso:
MathematicalFormulaQuestionsintheQuestionEditor(page102)
EnteringChemistryExpressions(page207)
ConstantsofIntegrationQuestions
QuestionMode:FormulaModC
QuestionEditorquestiontype:Mathematicalformula
Questionfile(.qu)syntax:
qu.x.y.mode=Formula Mod C@
IntheFormulaModCquestiontype,studentresponsesrequireaformulathatmatchesthecorrectanswertowithin
anadditiveconstant(+C).
Thistypeisdesignedforindefiniteintegrationproblems,inwhichtheanswersdifferbyaconstantofintegration.Do
notincludetheconstantinthecorrectanswer.
Inatest,anotetellingthestudenttheydonotneedtoincludetheconstantofintegrationappearsaftertheinputfield,
asshowninFigure9.1.
Figure9.1:ConstantsofIntegrationQuestion
Theresponse1/2*x^4+5/3*x^3+2*x^2+1isalsogradedcorrect.
SeeAlso:
MathematicalFormulaQuestionsintheQuestionEditor(page102)
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ConstantsofIntegrationQuestionsinLaTeX(page292)
Equation
QuestionMode:equation
QuestionEditorquestiontype:Mathematicalformula
Questionfile(.qu)syntax:
qu.x.y.mode=equation@
Usetheequationquestiontypeforanyquestionthatrequiresanequationasananswer.Itistheonlyquestiontype
thatrequirestheinclusionofan"="signinthestudentresponse(andintheanswer).Youcanusethefullrangeof
functionsintheequation,thatis,alltrigonometricfunctions,log,ln,abs,andsqrt.
Inatest,theinputfieldfortheresponseappearsasshowninFigure9.2.
Figure9.2:EquationQuestion
SeeAlso:
MathematicalFormulaQuestionsintheQuestionEditor(page102)
EquationQuestionsinLaTeX(page297)
Numeric(page166)
Formula
QuestionMode:formula
QuestionEditorquestiontype:Mathematicalformula
Questionfile(.qu)syntax:
qu.x.y.mode=formula@
Usetheformulatypeforanyquestionwherethestudentdoesnotspecifyphysicalunitsintheirresponse,andwhere
theresponseisnotanequation.Youcanusethefullrangeoffunctionsintheformula,thatis,alltrigonometricfunctions,
log,ln,abs,andsqrt.
Tocreateaformulaquestionwithmultipleresponsecellsinthesamequestion,usethemultipartformulaquestion
type.(Note:Themultipartformulaquestiontypeisdifferentfromthemultiformulaquestiontype.)
Inatest,theinputfieldfortheresponseappearsasshowninFigure9.3.
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Figure9.3:InputFieldforaFormula
Question
Note:
• Iftheanswerisanumber(thatis,doesnothaveanyvariables),itisrecommendedthatyouspecifyinthe
questiontextwhetheranexactansweroranapproximationisrequired.Inthecaseofanapproximation,the
marginoferrormustbespecifiedinyourcorrectanswer.Thiscanbedonebyspecifyingamarginoferrorusing
the?operator.
Forexample,iftheanswerfieldwere
{2.34 ? ? 0.01}
anyresponsebetween2.33and2.35(inclusive)wouldbegradedcorrect.Inotherwords,thenumber
followingthe?operatoristhemarginoferror.Formoreinformationontolerances,seeSettingaMarginof
ErrorinNon-numericQuestions(page206).
Thefollowingsub-typesforthisquestiontypeareavailablebyspecifyingthegradingfield:
• Chemistry
• FormVariant(withoutsimplification)
SeeAlso:
Blanks[formula](page154)
FormulaQuestionsinLaTeX(page291)
AlgorithmicMathematicalFormulaQuestionExampleScript(page304)
MathematicalFormulaQuestionsintheQuestionEditor(page102)
MultipartFormula(page165)
MultiFormula(page164)
FormulawithUnits(page159)
Numeric(page166)
Formula-FormVariant
QuestionMode:Formula(with"form"grading)
Questionfile(.qu)syntax:
qu.x.y.mode=Formula@
qu.x.y.grading=form@
TheFormula-FormVariantquestiontypeisarestricted-gradingvariantoftheFormulaquestiontype.Inthismode,
thestudentresponseisrequirednotonlytobemathematicallyequaltothecorrectanswer,butalsotobeexpressedin
thesameform.
Thus
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(x-1)(x+1),
(x+1)(x-1),
and
(x^2-1)
wouldbegradedthesamebyanstandardformulaquestion.However,withtheformsubmodeset,onlythefirsttwo
wouldbegradedasequivalent.
AuthoringofthisquestionvariantisnotdirectlyavailableusingtheQuestionEditor.Toinvokethisgradingvariant,
youmustcreateaformulaquestion,andtheneditthesourcebyaddingaline:"grading=form@".
YoucanalsospecifyitinLaTeXorthesourceforaquestion.Wheneditingthesource,includealineoftheform
"qu.1.1.grading=form@"
SeeAlso
Formula(page156)
FormulaList
QuestionMode:Formulalist
QuestionEditorquestiontype:Mathematicalformula
Questionfile(.qu)syntax:
qu.x.y.mode=Formula list@
TheFormulalistquestiontyperequiresanorderedlistofformulasinthestudentresponse.Usethisforalistoffor-
mulasornumbersthatisrequiredinaparticularorder.Foranunorderedlistofformulas,usetheMultiformula
questiontype(seeMultiFormula(page164)).
Youcanusethefullrangeoffunctionsintheformulas,thatis,alltrigonometricfunctions,log,ln,abs,andsqrt.
Important:Youmustusecommastoseparateitemsinthecorrectanswer(forexample,1,12,12).Ifyouusesemicolonsinthe
correctanswer,thesystemtreatsthequestionasanunorderedlist,andallowsthestudenttogivetheformulasinanyorder.
Inatest,theinputfieldfortheresponseappearsasshowninFigure9.4.
Figure9.4:InputFieldforaFormulaList
Question
SeeAlso:
FormulaListQuestionsinLaTeX(page294)
Formula(page156)
MathematicalFormulaQuestionsintheQuestionEditor(page102)
MultiFormula(page164)
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FormulawithUnits
QuestionMode:Dimensionedformula
QuestionEditorquestiontype:Mathematicalformula
Questionfile(.qu)syntax:
qu.x.y.mode=Dimensioned formula@
TheDimensionedformulaquestiontypeisahighlyversatile.Correctanswerscanincludealgebraicformulas,unit
dimensions,numericresponses,oranycombinationofthese.
Usethisquestiontypeforanyformulawhereyourequirethestudenttospecifythephysicalunitsfortheexpression
(forexample,m/sorkg/cm^2),andwheretheformulaisnotanequation.Whenyougivetheunitswiththeanswer,
youmustusetheunitsthatarerecognizedbythesystem.
Thesystemcanconvertbetweenunitsofthesametype.Forexample,ifyoutypetheansweras30s,thestudentcan
givetheansweras30s,0.5min,or1/120 hour.Ineachcase,thesystemgradestheresponsecorrect.
Inatest,theinputfieldfortheanswerappearswithalinkprovidedtoalistoftherecognizedunits.
SeeAlso:
Formula(page156)
UsingaTableofUnits(page225)
MathematicalFormulaQuestionsintheQuestionEditor(page102)
Maple-gradedQuestionType-Overview
TheMaple-gradedquestiontypeusestheMaplecomputeralgebrasystemtogeneratealgorithmicvariablesinquestions,
generateplotsandevaluatestudentresponses.TheMaple-gradedquestiontypegivesyouaccesstothecomputational
powerofMaple.Itincludesfacilitiesforalgebra,calculus,differentialequations,discretemathematics,graphics,nu-
mericalcomputation,andmanyotherareasofmathematics.
SincetheMapleengineisusedwhengradingstudent'sresponses,MapleT.A.willgivecreditforanyresponsethatis
mathematicallyequivalenttothecorrectanswer.
UsingtheMaple-gradedquestiontype,youhaveaccesstomanydifferentkindsofmathematicalobjects,notjustsimple
expressions.YoucanuseMapletocreatequestionswhoseresponsesrequiresets,differentialequations,unevaluated
integrals,groupsandmanyothertypesofmathematicaldata.TheMaple-gradedquestiontypeallowsforquestions
withcomplicatedanswers,questionswithdifferentpossibleanswers,andquestionsrequiringapowerfulanswer-
equivalencechecker.
WiththeMaple-gradedquestiontype,youalsohaveaccesstotheplottingcapabilitiesofMaple.YoucanuseMaple
toplotastudentresponse(orafunctionderivedfromastudentresponse,forexample,thedefiniteintegralofthestudent
response)foraMaple-gradedquestiontypeordisplayaplotforanyquestiontype.
Youcanassignpartialgrades,allowingyoutofindcommonerrorsandrewardpartialcredit.
YoucanalsousefunctionsandroutinesthatarecontainedinaseparateMapleRepository(MapleLibrary).Youcan
accessyourpersonalMaplelibraryarchivesfromwithinyourMaplequestions.
Maple-gradedFormula&MapleSyntaxSubtypes
TheMaple-gradedquestiontypehastwosubtypes:
• Maple-gradedFormula
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• MapleSyntax
BoththeMaple-gradedFormulaandMapleSyntaxsubtypesallowyoutouseMaplefunctionsandexpressions,for
example,trigonometricfunctions,log10,ln,abs,sqrt,diff,int,andLinearAlgebra[Determinant].Inadditiontothe
fullrangeofMaplefunctions,youcanuseprogrammingconstructstoevaluateresponses.
DifferenceBetweenMapleFormulaandFormulaQuestionTypes
Formulaquestionsareveryusefulwhenthecorrectresponseisastraightforwardmathematicalexpressionusing
standardcommonfunctions,andwhenthecorrectansweriseasytodescribeandeasytoevaluate.
TheMaple-gradedFormulasubtypediffersfromtheFormulaquestiontype.
• WhenwritingaMaple-gradedFormulaquestion,youcanuseMaplefunctionsandexpressionsintheevaluation
ofthestudentresponse.
• WhenwritingaFormulaquestiontype,youcannotuseMaplecodeintheevaluationofthestudentresponse.
ViewingyoursourcecoderevealsthatforMaple-gradedquestions(bothMapleFormulaandMapleSyntaxsubtypes)
mode=Maple@,whileforFormulaquestiontypesmode=formula@.
Note:Thereisnodifferenceforthestudentinsyntaxorrangeofexpressions.
DifferenceBetweenMaple-gradedFormulaandMapleSyntaxwithTextEntryModeinStudent
Response
Thesetwosubtypesaredistinguishedbyastudent'sresponse.
• AstudentshouldnotuseMaplecommandsandexpressionsinaresponsetoaquestiongeneratedusingMaple-
gradedFormula.Fordetails,seeMaple-gradedFormula(page161).ThestudentrespondsusingotherMaple
T.A.formulaquestionsyntax.
• AstudentisrequiredtouseMaplecommandsandexpressionsinaresponsetoaquestiongeneratedusing
MapleSyntaxwiththeTextentryresponseoption.Fordetails,seeMapleSyntax(page162).
DifferenceBetweenMaple-gradedFormulaandMapleSyntaxwithTextEntryModeinSyntaxChecking
Thesetwosubtypesaredistinguishedbysyntaxcheckingofthestudentresponse.
• ThesystemverifiesthesyntaxofastudentresponseforaMaple-gradedFormulaquestionusingabasicsyntax
checker.Fordetails,seeMaple-gradedFormula(page161).
• ThesystemdoesnotverifythesyntaxofastudentresponseforaMapleSyntaxquestion.Astheauthor,you
canverifywhetherthestudentisusingaMaplecommandtocalculatetheanswer.Fordetails,seeMapleSyn-
tax(page162).
DifferenceBetweenTextEntryandSymbolicEntryforStudentResponseinMapleSyntaxQuestions
WithaMapleSyntaxquestion,youcanchoosewhetherthestudentsenterresponsesusingTextmodeorSymbolmode.
Inbothcases,theresponseissenttoMaple,whereyoucanapplysophisticatedgradingmethodstoevaluatethestudent
response.
• Astudentcanentermathexpressions,includingMatrices,inanaturalwayusingSymbolmode.Forexample,
astudentcanenteraMatrixusingapalette.
• AstudentisrequiredtouseMaplecommandsandexpressionsinaresponsetoaquestiongeneratedusing
MapleSyntaxwiththeTextentryresponseoption.
Fordetails,seeMapleSyntax(page162).
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