## WeBWorK Problems

### error messages for matrix answers ### error messages for matrix answers

by Richard Lynch -
Number of replies: 2
Hi Everyone,

I'm writing a T/F problem that says "Every matrix A has a determinant." This is obviously false, and so in order to make the students have to do something more, I would like them enter a non-square matrix as an example. I have actually successfully made this possible in the Matrix context using:

ANS(Matrix([[0,2]])->cmp(
checker=>sub {
($correct,$student) = @_;
return 0 unless Value::classMatch($student, 'Matrix'); return !($student->isSquare);
}
));

However, if they enter a square matrix, it throws the message "Matrix dimension is not correct." I would like to make it say "The matrix you entered has a determinant" so I tried to add the line

$correct->context->setError("The matrix you entered has a determinant",$Value::CMP_WARNING) if $student->isSquare; inside of the answer checker, but it didn't work. I also tried the usual Context()->{error}{msg}{""} = "" method, but that also didn't work. Could someone tell me where I'm going wrong? Thanks a ton! Rick In reply to Richard Lynch ### Re: error messages for matrix answers by Richard Lynch - After a more careful read of of the Matrix class wiki page, I realized I just need to add showDimensionHints=>0 to the checker, so never mind my question! In reply to Richard Lynch ### Re: error messages for matrix answers by Davide Cervone - Here is a version that sets the error message that you requested.  ANS(Matrix([[1,2]])->cmp( showDimensionHints => 0, checker=>sub { ($correct,$student,$ans) = @_;
my $isSquare =$student->isSquare;
$ans->{ans_message} = "Your matrix has a determinant" if$isSquare && !$ans->{isPreview}; return !$isSquare;
}
));