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Formulas Up To Multiplication by a Nonzero Constant

This PG code shows how to check student answers that are correct up to multiplication by a nonzero constant.

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PG problem file Explanation


Initialization: We need only essential macros.


$aSolution = Compute("(x-2)(x+1)");

Setup: Nothing surprising here.

Find a quadratic equation in terms of the variable 
\( x \) with roots \( -1 \) and \( 2 \).
y = \{ ans_rule(30) \}

Main Text: The problem text section of the file is as we'd expect.

$showPartialCorrectAnswers = 1;

ANS( $aSolution->cmp(checker => sub {
      my ( $correct, $student, $self ) = @_;
      my $context = Context()->copy;
      return 0 if $student == 0;
      my $c0 = Formula($context,'C0');
      $student = Formula($context,$student);
      $correct = Formula($context,"$c0 * $aSolution");
      return $correct == $student;
) );


Answer Evaluation: We use a local context with an adaptive parameter to check the answer. For more on adaptive parameters, see AdaptiveParameters When $aSolution is "complicated", you may need to replace $c0 * $aSolution in the custom answer checker by its value $c0 * (x-2)(x+1) in order to get things to work correctly.

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