Number entry parts ask the student to enter a number, which is marked if it is in a specified range.
- Minimum accepted value
- The smallest value accepted as correct.
- Maximum accepted value
- The largest value accepted as correct.
- Precision restriction
- You can insist that the student gives their answer to a particular number of decimal places or significant figures. For example, if you want the answer to be given to 3 decimal places, \(3.1\) will fail this restriction, while \(3.100\) will pass. If the precision doesn’t matter, select None.
- Allow the student to enter a fraction?
- This option is only available when no precision restriction is applied, since they apply to decimal numbers. If this is ticked, the student can enter a ratio of two whole numbers, e.g.
-3/8, as their answer.
- Must the fraction be reduced?
- This option only applies when “Allow the student to enter a fraction” is ticked. If this is ticked, the student must enter their fractional answer reduced to lowest terms. For example, consider a part whose correct answer is \(5/4\). If this is ticked,
10/8will be marked as incorrect.
- Display the correct answer as a fraction?
- This option is only available when no precision restriction is applied. If this is ticked, the correct answer to the part will be rendered as a fraction of two whole numbers instead of a decimal. For example, if the answer is \(0.5\), it will be displayed as
- Require trailing zeros?
- This option only applies when a precision restriction is selected. If this is ticked, the student must add zeros to the end of their answer (when appropriate) to make it represent the correct precision. For example, consider a part whose correct answer is \(1.4\), and you want the student’s answer to be correct to three decimal places. If “Require trailing zeros?” is ticked, only the answer \(1.400\) will be marked correct. If it is not ticked, any of \(1.4\), \(1.40\) or \(1.400\) will be marked as correct. If too many zeros are used, e.g. \(1.4000\), the answer is marked as incorrect.
- Show precision restriction hint?
- If this is ticked, then some text describing the rounding the student must perform is shown next to the input box. For example, “round your answer to 3 decimal places”.
- Allowed notation
- The styles of number notation that the student can use to enter their answer.
There are different ways of writing numbers, based on culture and context.
Tick an option to allow the student to use that style in their answer.
Note that some styles conflict with each other: for example,
1.234is a number between 1 and 2 in English, while it’s the integer 1234 in French. The student’s answer will be interpreted using the first allowed style for which it is a valid representation of a number. See Number notation for more on styles of notation.
- Correct answer style
- The style of number notation to use when displaying the student’s answer.