[LON-CAPA-dev] 11-15-2005 meeting notes

GARRETT, DONNELL MAZON lon-capa-dev@mail.lon-capa.org
Wed, 16 Nov 2005 16:21:58 -0500

I was forwarded this question:

I wonder:  If Lon-CAPA can communicate via COM and XML docs, it might
even be possible to use a tool like Matlab or Mathcad or Maple to let
the students enter math expressions and do any symbolic processing on
them, then let Lon-CAPA evaluate if the correct answer was entered. Then
we get the best of both worlds because we already have licenses for the
various math engines.
-Roger Dougal

I don't know the answer
What should I reply with?

I was under the understanding that the external response would allow for
external solving, however how this is done I don't know yet.  Via COM? I
dunno.. I assume that XML docs can be used (since that's how .problem's
are constructed anyway).  I haven't had time to mess with external
response yet.