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Contexts/Vector notation /Reduce/Link with instructions about answer format

Re: Contexts/Vector notation /Reduce/Link with instructions about answer format

by Davide Cervone -
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Here are some comments on your code. These are mostly cosmetic, as what you have done is fine.

First, you don't need to load (and shouldn't) since it is loaded automatically when is loaded. You should, however, load as the last macro file. This serves a similar function to but will work even with problems that don't load

Second, in terms of the values of $a and $b, you could use non_zero_random() rather than random(). This would prevent either variable from being zero (whereas yours allows one or the other to be zero).

If you do use the if-then, you don't need the extra parentheses around the equality checks. You can do

if ($a == 0 && $b == 0) {$b = 2}
Third, you don't need to use two separate variables for the partial derivatives and their reduced versions. You could just do
$fx = $f->D('x')->reduce;
But the derivative function already includes an automatic call to reduce(), so there is no need to add that yourself (other than the hack that I mentioned earlier to convert to string and parse again).

Finally, you may want to make your answer blanks a like wider, as vectors can take some space to type, especially if students are going to include computations as part of their answers (as they often do for this type of problem).

The rest looks good!