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06-21-2016
07:19 AM

What is the easiest method for writing chemical equations in Canvas?

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06-21-2016
07:30 AM

@carolpeabody , probably by using the Math editor in the Rich Text Editor - How do I use the Math Editor in the Rich Content Editor?

I'd also recommend checking out the Teaching Math in Canvas group in the Community. Even though it says Math, it's for anyone who uses Math in their courses.

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06-21-2016
07:30 AM

@carolpeabody , probably by using the Math editor in the Rich Text Editor - How do I use the Math Editor in the Rich Content Editor?

I'd also recommend checking out the Teaching Math in Canvas group in the Community. Even though it says Math, it's for anyone who uses Math in their courses.

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06-21-2016
08:20 AM

@kona ,

Do you think we should rename that group, maybe to "Teaching Math and Science"?

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06-21-2016
08:21 AM

Thank you, Kona.

When I click on the link provided in the Math Editor directions you shared

(Chemistry formulas, equations, and scientific notation)

I find that the steps seem fairly onerous for writing an equation representing a chemical reaction. I could probably handle it myself (or find a cut-and-paste or screenshot workaround), but it's not going to work very effectively if I want students to write a chemical equation. Does anyone else have a suggestion?

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06-21-2016
09:32 AM

@carolpeabody , I didn't realize you were asking about the best way for students to enter in chemical equations. If it's for a quiz, then it's pretty much the math editor, having students upload a file as their submission (so do the equations in word and upload it to the quiz), or maybe something like this - Ability to write out math equations on a tablet and submit through Canvas?

When I taught Stats online I had students do their work on paper and take a picture (using a free PDF converter) and then upload a PDF of their work to Canvas.

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06-24-2016
05:33 PM

Carol, You might want to try a multiple dropdown question. Something like this:

Write the balanced chemical reaction for the reaction of silver nitrate and sodium chloride.

[coef1] [react1] + [coef2] [react2] -----> [coef3] [prod1] + [coef4] [prod2]

Each item in brackets opens up a separate dropdown menu. The options for 'coef' would be integers and the reactants and products could be various formulas.

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