Question types: Algebra

qtype_algebra
Maintained by Picture of Jean-Michel Védrine Jean-Michel Védrine
Question type where the student must answer by typing an algebra formula. Correctness can be checked by three different methods.
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MOODLE ALGEBRA QUESTION TYPE
Created by Roger Moore

Algebra based question type for Moodle.

This plugin implements an algebraic question type where student responses are treated as an algebraic expression and compared to instructor provided answers using the basic rules of algebra.

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This plugin is part of set Seeking new maintainer.

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Jean-Michel Védrine (Lead maintainer)
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Roger Moore: Original Author
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  • Picture of Melissa Benson
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014, 11:09 PM
    Any idea when this will be available for 2.6?
  • Picture of Jean-Michel Védrine
    Fri, 18 Apr 2014, 4:55 PM
    Hello Melissa,
    I use the current version with Moodle 2.6 and also Moodle 2.7beta and I have not seen any problem. Also nobody reported any bug so I think you are safe to use it with Moodle 2.6. If you see any bug or problem, create a tracker issue and I will work on it.
  • Picture of Melissa Benson
    Mon, 21 Apr 2014, 9:29 PM
    Jean-Michel, That's great news. We've just upgraded to Moodle 2.6.2+ (Build: 20140417). Just curious, when I select "2.6" from the drop down menu to see if this plugin can work with that version, it doesn't show a download link. What are the qualifications that need to happen to get that to show? When would it show that it is compatible?
  • Picture of Jean-Michel Védrine
    Mon, 21 Apr 2014, 11:42 PM
    This is because I forgot to mark it as compatible with Moodle 2.6 and 2.7. Thanks a lot for reporting that problem. I think it is corrected now.
  • Picture of Bernhard Piazzi
    Sat, 6 Jun 2015, 5:51 PM
    Hi Jean-Michel! Is your Question Type working with Moodle 2.9?
  • Picture of Jean-Michel Védrine
    Sat, 6 Jun 2015, 8:29 PM
    Hello Bernhard, no problem has been reported for Moodle 2.9 and my tests seems to show everything is working as expected. But to be honest I must say that my production website s not running 2.9 and that I only have a few algebra questions (I converted a lot of questions to the formulas question type). Anyway I am still actively maintaining the algebra question type so if you find something broken with Moodle 2.9, create an issue in the CONTRIB tracker and I will do my best to fix the problem.
  • Picture of Lukas Koch
    Thu, 3 Sep 2015, 9:40 PM
    Hello Jean-Michel,

    we are using the algebra question type on a Moodle 2.9 server, but we have a problem with the formula preview: We cannot make the TeX preview work with MathJax. MathJax is enabled and works everywhere else on the site, but the preview in the algebra questions remains raw TeX code. If we enable the old TeX filter, the formulas get converted to images, but it also breaks the displayed formulas in the rest of the site: All TeX is interpreted as inline math.

    Do you have any idea, what might cause this and how to fix it?
  • Picture of Lukas Koch
    Mon, 14 Sep 2015, 6:10 PM
    Hello everyone,

    I solved my problem described above. To fix the LaTeX preview of the algebra questions, I had to insert the line


    into the "Within HEAD" section in the "Site administration > Appearance > Additional HTML" settings. Now the preview uses MathJax as it should.

    Cheers
    Lukas
  • Picture of Lukas Koch
    Mon, 14 Sep 2015, 6:13 PM
    Okay, moodle seems to eat my html.

    The line should read:

    [script type="text/javascript" src="https://cdn.mathjax.org/mathjax/2.5-latest/MathJax.js?config=TeX-AMS_HTML"][/script]

    Just replace the square brackets with the angular html kind.
  • Picture of Janice Love
    Tue, 24 Nov 2015, 7:08 PM
    Dear Jean-Michel,

    Similarly to Lukas we are using the algebra question type on a Moodle 2.8 server, the TeX preview does not work with MathJax. MathJax is enabled and works everywhere else on the site, but the preview in the algebra questions remains raw TeX code. The fix Lukas mentions above cannot be implemented on our server, is there any alternative way of correcting this?
    Thanking you in advance,
    Janice
  • Picture of Jean-Michel Védrine
    Sun, 24 Jan 2016, 8:32 PM
    Hello,
    I have released a new version that should solve the problem with the display of the formula entered by the student.
    I am not quite satisfied with the way I choose to solve this problem but that's all I can do for now.
    I think it's honest to say that my teacher career will end in 5 months from now and I am not sure I will be able to maintain that plugin after that date.
  • Picture of Bernhard Piazzi
    Mon, 11 Apr 2016, 1:06 AM
    Hello!

    Thanks for your great plugin! I sometimes get the following error displayed:

    Notice: Undefined property: qtype_algebra_parser_bracket::$_sign in /path_to_moodle/question/type/algebra/parser.php on line 896 Notice: Undefined property: qtype_algebra_parser_bracket::$_sign in /path_to_moodle/question/type/algebra/parser.php on line 1339 Notice: Undefined property: qtype_algebra_parser_bracket::$_sign in /path_to_moodle/question/type/algebra/parser.php on line 896 Notice: Undefined property: qtype_algebra_parser_bracket::$_sign in /path_to_moodle/question/type/algebra/parser.php on line 1339

    We use Moodle 3.0.2

    Any suggestions?

    Dear,
    Berni
  • Picture of sophie CASANOVA
    Fri, 2 Sep 2016, 4:06 PM
    Dear all,

    Since the upgrade to moodle 3,0 , we get the same error message as Bernhard Piazzi (above) so that most algebra questions won't work any more on our site:

    As soon as there is a parenthesis in the answer of the student (example 8*(4x−3) ) we get this error message:

    "Notice: Undefined property: qtype_algebra_parser_bracket::$_sign in /var/www/moodle-3.1.1plus/question/type/algebra/parser.php on line 896" (or sometimes "line 1339")

    If somebody came accross this same problem and were able to solve it, could you please help me ?

    We have no moodle developper on our site and without your help our hundreds of algebra questions are just going to get lost !

    Many thanks in advance!

    Sophie
  • Picture of sophie CASANOVA
    Sat, 10 Sep 2016, 12:00 AM
    Dear all,
    a friend helped me with the above problem
    (Notice: Undefined property: qtype_algebra_parser_bracket::$_sign in /var/www/moodle-3.1.1plus/question/type/algebra/parser.php on line 896" (or sometimes "line 1339"))
    I'll try to translate the solution:

    A variable was not initialized ($_sign) in the constructor of the class qtype_algebra_parser_bracket.
    To correct this you have to modify the file : question/type/algebra/parser.php (line 1309) and add an initializing line :

    function qtype_algebra_parser_bracket($text) {
    parent::qtype_algebra_parser_term(self::NARGS,self::$formats[$text],$text);
    $this->_sign=''; // line added
    $this->_open=$text;

    I hope it helps if you come accross the same problem.
    Sophie
  • Picture of Jerry Gray
    Thu, 8 Dec 2016, 3:25 PM
    I really like question type on a Moodle 2.9 server. This is a real great helper with Algebra, I can preview my formulas. If previously I could write my homework long time, now I manage to write my paper in 2 hours or sometimes even less. Many thanks to Jean-Michael for wonderful work.
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