[LON-CAPA-users] formula response with cas

H.K. Ng lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Tue, 21 Oct 2008 15:09:52 -0400


I am writing some formula response problems and would like to use 
maxima to compare two algebraic expressions. Basically, the questions 
will ask the students to solve the problems algebraically and then 
enter the expression. Some questions:

1. What is the maxima function to use in this case? Using Peter's 
writeup, ratsimp works but does not seem appropriate when it is a 
comparison of two expressions.
2. Also, reading Peter's writeup, it says that the expression is 
passed to &implicit_multiplication function so that it inserts the 
"*" symbol where a multiplication is implied. However, when I enter 
v^2+2g(a-b) it is not graded correctly. On the other hand 
v^2+2*g*(a-b) is graded correctly. What I am missing here?
3. How do I use greek symbols for an expression, both in the coded 
answers and as input in the answer box? Drag math does insert greek 
symbols but there doesn't seem to be a way to directly type it in?