Quizzes | How to create Arithmetic quiz questions
Arithmetic questions can be created in Brightspace in two forms, with either a fixed number as an answer within a range or with a number generated based on variables.
This article shows how to:
Accessing the quiz question selection
To create and add an Arithmetic question
via Question Library
Follow steps 1 to 3 in the article Navigating to the Question Library to access the Question Library homepage,
- Click on the New blue button, a drop-down menu will appear
- Select Arithmetic Question (2+2)
via Quiz editing page
Follow steps 1 to 4 in the article Quizzes | How to add questions to a Quiz,
- Click on Arithmetic from the drop-down menu
The difference between creating the question via Quiz and via Question Library is:
- the interface of the page looks slightly different
- when creating the question directly from Quiz you have an instant review panel (to the left) to check your question creation progress
- when creating the question from Question Library, it is available directly to be added to other course quizzes as well
Creating an arithmetic question
For instructions, the Question Library interface will be used.
- (Optional) Add a Title
- Set the number of points attributed to the question
- Select the Difficulty
- Add the Question text (For more information, please visit: About the HTML Editor)
- (Optional) Click on Insert an image if needed
- (Optional) Add an alternative Text for the image
- (Optional) Tick the Selectbox to allow attachments to support answers
Creating an arithmetic question with a pre-calculated answer
If the answer to a question is a pre-calculated answer (e.g. What is the molar mass of water), no special actions are required for the Question Text (Step 4).
8. Enter the formula
Enter the Formula using the following supported operations, functions, and constants and click on Test to verify your formula
All variables must be enclosed in curly braces.
i.e. 2 * {x} + {y} - {z}
Here are some of the supported functions:
Symbol | Description |
---|---|
+,-,*,/ |
basic mathematical operators |
{x}^{y} |
x to the power y |
abs({n}) |
absolute value of n |
cos({n}) |
the cosine of n (in radians) |
sin({n}) |
the sine of n (in radians) |
sqr({n}) | the square root of n |
tan({n}) |
the tangent of n (in radians) |
log({n}) |
the log base 10 of n |
ln({n}) |
the log base e of n |
The following constants are supported:
pi - 3.14159265358979
e - 2.71828182845905
Define Answer Precision by selecting the number of decimals that Brightspace will use in its calculation.
Tick the selectbox enforce precision if an answer needs a specific number of decimals
The rounding of the Answer Precision is used in the calculation, not the original number.
E.g.: when left to 0, with a tolerance of 0.15 then all answers between 17.85 and 18.15 are correct (18 +/- 0.15), not between 17.86 and 18.16 (18.01528 +/- 0.15).
Click on the selectbox to select the tolerance units or percentage to accept near-accurate, estimated, or rounded answers
Enter a unit type in the field Units if the answer should include a unit
- unit examples: mm, cm, grams, inches, mm, kg, hPa
Assign the worth of the points awarded based on the (correct) measurement unit.
Example: If an answer requires to not only be numeric (e.g. 18) but also with the unit (18 g/mol). The unit then counts for an assigned percentage of the point per quiz question.
You have the option to select whether the units are:
- Case Insensitive - Auto-grading searches for a matching character pattern in the answer text with or without letter case correctness
- Case Sensitive - Auto-grading searches for a matching character pattern in the answer text that must have letter case correctness
- Regular Expression - Auto-grading searches for a matching character pattern in the answer text that must have letter case correctness
For more information, please visit: Regular Expressions
14. Add Variable(s)
The variables box cannot be left empty, even if no variables are used; at least one variable must be present. Any string can be entered here as a name.
A recommended input will be the name X with a Min and Max corresponding to the answer in the formula.
Use the text editor field to enter a Question Hint if needed
For further information on text editor please visit: How to use the Editor
When you are finished setting up the question, at the bottom of the page you can save and preview the question
Creating an arithmetic question with random generated numbers
If the answer to a question is based on random numbers input to test the student's ability to work with the formula, the formula can be entered with values being randomly selected for the student. Use curly braces to indicate a variable in Step 4. See the example text below.
Question Text: If a person eats {X} apples each weighing {Y} grams, what is his total consumption?
In this question, there are two variables: X and Y, and each student will get a random number from the variables in Step 4 to calculate the answer. Meaning for Student 1 the correct answer is 496.7 grams, while for Student 2 the correct answer is 620.9 grams. The students will see the selected value instead of the variables within the question text.
- Enter the formula the student has to use for the final answer
- Define Answer Precision by selecting the number of decimals that Brightspace will use in its calculation. Tick the selectbox enforce precision if an answer needs a specific number of decimal
The rounding of the Answer Precision is used in the calculation, not the original number. E.g.: when left to 0, with a tolerance of 3 then for student 1 all answers between 494 and 500 are correct (497 +/- 3), not between 493.7 and 499.7 (496.7 +/- 3)
- Click on the selectbox to select the tolerance units or percentage to accept near-accurate, estimated, or rounded answers
- Enter a unit type in Units if the answer should include a unit (mm, kg, hPa)
- If a unit should be included, assign how much of the points will be awarded based on the (correct) measurement unit (eg '18 g/mol' instead of '18')
- Select whether the units are Case Sensitive or not, or based on Regular Expression
- Enter all variables mentioned in the question text, but without the curly braces
- Select the Min and Max values for the variable. A random number will be generated from this range
- Select the number of Decimal Places for the variable
- Select a Step-size. For example, a step-size of 2 will generate a number within the Min/Max range in steps of 2. With a Min-value of 2 and a Max-value of 20, only even numbers between 2 and 20 will be generated
- (Optional) Enter Question Hint
- (Optional) Enter Question Feedback
When you are finished setting up the question, at the bottom of the page you can save and preview the question.
Now you know how to create Arithmetic quiz questions in Brightspace!
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