# [LON-CAPA-users] formula response or maxima response example
requested

**Peter Riegler
**
lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org

*Thu, 29 Nov 2007 21:36:08 +0100*

Hi,
since I had typed in the source code anyway, I have proceeded to publish
the problem:
res/fhwf/riegler/Mathematik/Analysis/Polynome/polynomialAccToSpecs.problem
However, I am not sure whether the wording is appropriate.
Have fun
Peter
Jay Sullivan wrote:
>* Hi Folks,
*>*
*>* I'm looking for an example of a specific type of formula response (or
*>* maxima graded response).
*>*
*>* What I would like a student to do is to enter a polynomial function.
*>* However, I want to be sure that they have entered it in expanded form (
*>* i.e. _not_ as a product of factors). I know that formula response will
*>* accept either as correct since the test function matches the input
*>* function in either case.
*>*
*>* Here is a specific example, to clarify:
*>*
*>* Find a polynomial of least degree having only real coefficients, with
*>* *zeros -3,-2,-1,1,2,3* and with *f(0) = -36*.
*>*
*>* Using a loncapa formula response either of the answers below are graded
*>* as correct:
*>*
*>* (x+3)(x+2)(x-1)(x-2)(x-3) OR x^6 -14*x^4 +49*x^2 -36
*>*
*>* I would like to be able to require that students explicitly enter the
*>* second version. I'm guessing there is a way to
*>* do this with maxima? I'd rather not use a string response.
*>*
*>* Thanks for any tips or related examples......
*>* Jay
*>*
*
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