I was just creating a formula question asking students to find the slope of a line, and I wanted to use the variables y1 and y2. Apparently that's a no-no in quizzes.next. Why can't I do this? quizzes.next formula question

I was just creating a formula question asking students to find the slope of a line, and I wanted to use the variables y1 and y2. Apparently that's a no-no in quizzes.next. Why can't I do this? quizzes.next formula question

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Thanks for your reply. The only way Canvas can see the variable is with the tick marks, so I've got that. What's weird to me is that I used to be able to use the variable name , but Quizzes.next won't let me do `x1` (or

**any**non-alpha characters). I'm really not sure why it cares; at first, I thought maybe you were processing the (mathematically correct, but non-standard) x3 as x*3, but that still generates an error. It also won't take any version of x_1 or whatever. This makes entering math formulas that can later be understood irritating.I guess my main point was to bring it to y'all's attention that it's annoying.

Thanks,

Sandra

Sandra Miller

Lamar High School

Astronomy and PAP Geometry

Geometry Level Lead

UIL Coordinator

"No human investigation can be called real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically." -- Leonardo daVinci

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Hi Sandra. Thanks for the additional information. I don't work for Instructure but know that Instructure employees do review questions/comments in the Community. I believe it would be good to bring this to the attention of more individuals. I would contact Support and report this if you have not already in case this is not how the system was designed to operate. If Support suggests that this is not a bug, then I would create a feature idea so that it can be voted on by others in the Community. I know the goal of those developing Q.Next it to initially bring it to parity with the classic quiz engine. While both allow formula questions, it would be good to bring this up in the feature idea format as a lingering item of non-parity. If you are not familiar with creating feature ideas, these documents may help.

How does the feature idea process work in the Canvas Community?

How do I create a new feature idea in the Canvas Community?

All the best!

Hi Sandra. I have not done much with formula questions in Quizzes.Next, in all honesty, but I found this guide page on creating these types of questions in Q.Next, How do I create a Formula question in Quizzes.Next? The directions discusses the following:

## Add Variable Answers

After typing the question with the variable, parameters to define the formula will display [1]. Set the variable answers for the formula. Specify the minimum [2] and maximum [3] values for the variable. Select decimal places in by using the increase or decrease arrows [5].

I was wondering if you were using variables with the backticks as described here.

I hope this helps and best wishes!