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Re: AnswerHints and Domains

by Davide Cervone -
Number of replies: 0
There are several reasons that your approach here failed. (Darwyn is on the right track, but I'll comment on that in a moment.)

The first problem is your line

    $g = $f;
which does not do what you think. Since a MathObject is a perl object (not a scalar value), $f is a reference to that object, so when you assign that to $g, you make $g be a reference to the same object as $f (not a copy of it), and when you change $g->{limits} that also changes $f's limits as well, which is not what you intended. The proper way to do this is to use
    $g = $f->copy;
    $g = $f->with(limits=>[0,1]);
both of which give you a copy (with the latter also setting limits at the same time).

The fact that your $g and $f are pointing to the same object is why you are getting a correct answer for ln(x)+C, and also why it tells you that you need to remember the absolute values as well. You are not actually distinguishing between the two functions, and the hint will be given for both ln(x)+C and ln(abs(x))+C, and both will be marked as correct.

The second problem is the one that Darwyn points out, which is that you are not guaranteed to be testing the negative values, even if you had $g properly set. (Indeed, in your case, you are guaranteed not to be testing the negative ones, since your $f has limits set to [0,1] as well). He suggests you set $f->{test_at} to force testing at negative values. I would also suggest that you force a test at a positive value as well (since there is no guarantee that the random points will get you any), so that you can make sure that ln(-x)+C is marked incorrect.

When you move to FormulaUpToConstant, you have found out that this no longer works. That is because the FormulaUpToConstant object is a bit more complicated than just a formula. If you use

    $f = FormulaUpToConstant("ln(abs(x))");
then the actual formula that is being used to compare $f with the student's answer is not $f itself, but a modified version that is stored as $f->{adapt}. This is the one whose limits and test_at values should be set. You can do that as
    $f->{adapt}{limits} = [-1,1];
    $f->{adapt}{test_at} = [[-1],[1]];
although it is not really necessary to set the limits, since they are already set to [-2,2] by default. If you do that, it should work with the rest of the code Darwyn suggested.

This issue with the internal function not getting the settings from the original should be fixed, but I haven't done that yet. For now, you might want to set the limits and test_at values for BOTH $f and $f->{adapt} so when it is fixed, your problem will still work.

Here is my version:


    $f = FormulaUpToConstant("ln(abs(x))");
    $f->{test_at} = $f->{adapt}{test_at} = [[-1],[1]];

    $g = FormulaUpToConstant("ln(x)");
    $g->{limits} = $g->{adapt}{limits} = [0,1];

    \($f\) is \{ans_rule\}

        $g => "Remember absolute values."

Hope that helps.