Definition
While you can add math features to any question type or answer choice using the + icon within the question and answer choices, the Numeric question type allows your students to respond using the same equation editor.
Add a Numeric question:
Click on the blue + button
Choose "Numeric" from the Question types
Type your question
Set your answer key for autograding using the equation editor:
Tip: You can highlight text to make fractions, sub/superscripts and other formatting options. You can click the + sign next to your question to use our builtin equation editor within the question too.
There are many more functions you can create using the LaTeX math keyboard and calculator. Check out the list of supported functions here.
When an answer key is set, autograding will require the student's response to be exactly the same as the answer key, with the exception of extra spaces. Autograding will automatically ignore any extra spaces the student may have entered and they will have no affect on the score.
Integrated Calculator Experience (Silver/Gold feautre)
Silver and Gold plan subscribers will have the option to turn on access to an integrated calculator for their students to use. Click here for full details!
Adjust question settings
Toggle on the question settings to your preference, you can also add hints for your students, and tag your question to standards.
Case Sensitive
when this is toggled on, autograding will only count the student's answer as correct if they provide an answer identical to your answer key, including usage of upper or lower letters.
Students will not be able to submit their work without providing an answer
Switch scoring method for this question from autograding to a rubric based grading.
Add a whiteboard style box for your students to showcase their work
Allow Partial Credit (Silver/Gold plan only)
Give point values to answers that are on the right track! This grading is designed to support your students' learning journey by encouraging and allowing more accurate feedback. Check mark this option, and then head back to your previously entered answer choices to fill out the point value you'd like to award to each one of them
If you toggle on "Partial Match" you will have the ability to take autograding up a notch by allowing your students to get credit for using alternative responses of basic numeric equivalencies and equivalent units, i.e. accepting different "Unit Syntax" (comparable units) as correct.
Partial Match will compare the unit entered into your answer key with the unit entered by your student. If the two are equivalent, the student's answer will be marked as correct.
In order to be recognized by the unit system, an answer must be either
A number followed by a unit, or
A currency symbol followed by a number
A unit is either a single word like "meters" or "kg", or a combination of such words, like "m/s", "ft lbs", or even "meters per second squared".
Below you can find a table listing all equivalent unit syntax.
All units in the Alternatives column are treated as equivalent. For all SI units, additional prefixed entries are added for each SI prefix. That is, in addition to the "meter, meters, ..., m" row, you should imagine rows for "millimeter, millimeters, ..., mm", "centimeter, centimeters, ..., cm", ..., "kilometer, kilometers, ..., km", etc.
Proper pluralization is not enforced: "1 grams" is treated the same as "1 gram", and "2000 foot" is treated the same as "2000 feet".
Lettercase is ignored except when dealing with SI unit abbreviations, in which case it is significant. For instance, "milligrams", "Milligrams", and even "miLLiGRAms" are all treated as the same, but "mg" and "Mg" are not.
Alternatives  SI 
Distances 

meter, meters, metre, metres, m  yes 
kilometer, kilometers, kilometre, kilometres, km, kilos 

centimeter, centimeters, centimetre, centimetres, cm 

inch, inches, in 

foot, feet, ft 

yard, yards, yds, yd 

mile, miles, mi 

Mass, weight 

gram, grams, gramme, grammes, g  yes 
kilogram, kilograms, kilogramme, kilogrammes, kg 

pound, pounds, lbs, lb 

tons, tonne, tonnes, ton 

Duration, time 

second, seconds, s  yes 
minute, minutes, mins, min 

h, hrs, hour, hours, hr 

days, day 

weeks, week 

months, month 

years, year 

Volume 

L, liter, liters, litre, litres, l  yes 
ounce, ounces, oz 

cup, cups, cps, cp 

pint, pints, pts, pt 

quart, quarts, qts, qt 

gallon, gallons, gals, gal 

Temperature 

kelvin, K  yes 
celsius, degC 

fahrenheit, degF 

Quantity 

mole, moles, mol 

Force, energy, power 

newton, newtons, N  yes 
dyne, dynes, dyn 

joule, joules, J  yes 
watt, watts, W  yes 
horsepower, hp 

Pressure 

pascal, pascals, Pa  yes 
Misc. electricity and magnetism 

amp, amps, ampere, amperes, A  yes 
coulomb, coulombs, C  yes 
volt, volts, V  yes 
ohm, ohms, Ω  yes 
farad, farads, F  yes 
weber, webers, Wb  yes 
tesla, teslas, T  yes 
henry, henries, H  yes 
siemens, S  yes 
Currency 

dollars, dollar (or a prefix $) 

Geometry (and temperature) 

degrees, degree (or degree symbol) 

radian, radians, rad 

Troubleshooting
🙋🏻♀️ Numeric input is not displaying as expected when using the device's keyboard or the inapp keyboard. My students and/or I need to press the same symbol twice, or the symbols are not looking as they should
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