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## Formula Questions Filling Up to 4 Decimal Places

I'm just curious as to why, in a numerical question, does the student's answer choice automatically populate up to 4 decimal places?

For instance, if the answer is 3.6 and the instructors have said, "round to the nearest tenth", and the students insert 3.6, when they hit the next button it automatically populates to 3.6000.

This could cause students to panic because the true answer for 4 decimal places might have been 3.6213, but since they were asked to round to the nearest tenth, their answer converts to 3.6000.

Although this doesn't affect their grade, the misconception of the decimal places could cause confusion. Is there a way to keep this from happening?

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I teach statistics and also have a lot of numeric entry questions in my quizzes. I have inquired about this in the past and have been told that it cannot currently be adjusted. I just explained to my students that this is the default in Canvas. Hopefully in the future this will be something that we can adjust to avoid confusion.

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I believe that CANVAS will not do it. I cannot have answers less than 10^-4 in my algorithmic questions.  Do we not live in a nanoworld?  Do we not emphasize significant digits rather than decimal digits in the computational world. And why change 2 to 2.0 when someone is giving an answer or you are showing the correct answer.  2.0 is not the way to write the integer 2.  Beats me but this is a four-year old problem.