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### David Gilliam - supplying hints

by Arnold Pizer -
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 supplying hints topic started 11/18/2004; 6:36:22 AMlast post 11/18/2004; 12:47:11 PM
 David Gilliam - supplying hints  11/18/2004; 6:36:22 AM (reads: 981, responses: 2) Let me apologize in advance if this topic has been covered but I simply cannot find any useful reference. I am finding that very often I receive the same question from students on a particular homework problem. So I decided to try to learn how to supply a hint. Could you direct me to a detailed discussion of using hints and perhaps an example. Thanks in advance. David Gilliam <| Post or View Comments |>

 Arnold K. Pizer - Re: supplying hints  11/18/2004; 11:52:05 AM (reads: 1181, responses: 0) You can find the documentation at http://webwork.rochester.edu/docs/docs/pglanguage/pod/pgbasicmacros.html but admittedly it's pretty terse. For examples look at some of the problems in the list below. Note that if $showHint = 3, it means that a ShowHints checkbox will be visiable to the student after she has submitted answers 3 times. The default is 1 (it's configurable). Also note that a few problems below have made the mistake of using$showHints which is wrong but might be a common error. Maybe we should change the code to accept either showHint or showHints. Arnie  setDerivatives8RelatedRates/c2s8p5.pg:$showHint=0;setDerivatives9Approximations/c2s9p8.pg:$showHint=0;setDiffEQ3Separable/ur_de_3_3.pg:$showHint = 1;setDiffEQ3Separable/ur_de_3_4.pg:$showHint = 1;setDiffEQ3Separable/ur_de_3_5.pg:$showHint =1;setDiffEQ3Separable/ur_de_3_8.pg:$showHint =4;setDiffEQ4Linear1stOrder/ur_de_4_1.pg:$showHint = 4;setDiffEQ4Linear1stOrder/ur_de_4_2.pg:$showHint = 4;setDiffEQ4Linear1stOrder/ur_de_4_8.pg:$showHint=4;setDiffEQ5ModelingWith1stOrder/ur_de_5_3.pg:$showHint = 2;setAlgebra36SeqSeries/ns8_1_5.pg:$showHints = 1;setAlgebra36SeqSeries/ns8_1_5a.pg:$showHints = 1;setAlgebra36SeqSeries/ns8_1_5new.pg:$showHints = 1;setAlgebra36SeqSeries/sum3.pg:$showHint=0;setSampleAnswers/sample_units_ans.pgsetDerivatives8RelatedRates/c2s8p5.pgsetDerivatives9Approximations/c2s9p8.pgsetIntegrals0Theory/ur_in_0_12.pg setIntegrals10InvTrig/ur_in_10_3.pg setIntegrals23Work/ns6_5_12.pgsetIntegrals25RationalFunctions/ur_in_25_16.pgsetIntegrals4FTC/sc5_4_19.pgsetIntegrals4FTC/ur_in_4_11.pg <| Post or View Comments |>

 David Gilliam - Re: supplying hints  11/18/2004; 12:47:11 PM (reads: 1194, responses: 0) Many thanks It works great! Just what I wanted. Sincerely David Gilliam <| Post or View Comments |>