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02-25-2019
11:42 PM

How can I create a question in canvas quiz where students can give their answer in

scientific notation?

This is a very basic functionality, but I cant figure out how to do it in canvas.

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01-10-2020
12:24 PM

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02-26-2019
03:39 AM

@epolomsk , here a conversation about scientific notation that might help - https://community.canvaslms.com/message/131133-scientific-notation-in

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08-22-2019
11:26 PM

hmm that doesnt help. I want t he students to type scientific notation. That old post doesnt explain how to do that.

It states that the browser converts enotation to decimal.

I want to give students a decimal and have them write scientific notation.

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09-09-2019
01:43 AM

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10-05-2019
09:20 AM

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01-10-2020
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08-22-2020
02:18 PM

This was a major frustration last spring (2020), but there's some good news... the "NEW QUIZ" feature (not available everywhere) lets you generate formula questions and accept answers in scientific notation.

It's inflexible,

Let's say the answer in non-sci notation is 1234.56

if you require (e.g.) 2 decimal places in the answer, you would have to answer 1.23*10^3. 1.234*10^3 would be rejected. Other rejected answers include 1.23*10^03, 1.23E3, 1.23e3, you get the idea. just x.xx * 10^y

It's ironic that the generated answers appear to the instructor as 1.23 x 10^3, but that would be rejected as a correct answer. It has to be 1.23 * 10^3.

HOWEVER, you can specify a RANGE of correct answers using sci notation. For example, the sort(1000) = 31.62, and you can set it to accept anything between 3.10*10^1 and 3.20*10^1. It auto graded correctly, giving credit for 31.62, 3.12, and 3.29,

I had to specifically request to add the "New Quiz" option to my courses, but I think it's worth it.

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08-22-2020
02:22 PM

Oops, some typos in my last answer. Here's the corrected last paragraph.

HOWEVER, you can specify a RANGE of correct answers using sci notation. For example, the sqrt(1000) = 31.62, and you can set it to accept anything between 3.10*10^1 and 3.20*10^1. It auto graded correctly, giving credit for 3.162*10^1, 3.11*10^1, and 3.19*10^1.

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09-22-2021
11:48 AM

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