## WeBWorK Problems

### Passing a root into a fraction

by Gregory Varner -
Number of replies: 1

I am working on some problems using the quadratic formula.

I am wanting the students to write the answer as a reduced fraction with radicals (when applicable).

I am able to force the students to enter fractions and everything works fine when the square root simplifies to a whole number.

However, if the radical does not simplify, it will not let me pass it to the fraction. I am sure this is an easy fix, but I can not seem to figure out how to make roots and fractions work together.

Thank you:

*I realize that the code below has options for 3 different answers. I had trouble combining them into an if, elsif, and else situation with the different contexts happening.

DOCUMENT();

"PGstandard.pl",
"MathObjects.pl",
"parserAssignment.pl",
"PGML.pl",
"PCCmacros.pl",
"contextFraction.pl",
"PGcourse.pl",
);

##############################################

parser::Assignment->Allow;

Context()->operators->redefine(',',using=>',',from=>'Numeric');
Context()->operators->redefine('or',using=>',',from=>'Numeric');
Context()->operators->set(
','=>{string=>' or ',TeX=>'\hbox{ or }'},
'or'=>{string=>' or ',TeX=>'\hbox{ or }'}
);
Context()->lists->set(List => {separator => " or "});

$var = "x";$d = 3;
$e = 2;$f = 1;
$g = 0;$h = 0;

$a =$d;
$b =$e-$g;$c = $f-$h;

$discr =$b*$b - 4*$a*$c; Context("Fraction");$ans1 = Fraction(-$b+sqrt($discr),2*$a);$ans2 = Fraction(-$b-sqrt($discr),2*$a); ############################################## TEXT(beginproblem()); BEGIN_PGML Solve the following quadratic equations by the quadratic formula. [ [$d][$var]^2 +[$e][$var]+[$f]= 0 ]

The solution is

x= [_______________________]

[@KeyboardInstructions("If needed, enter multiple answers separated by commas, as in 1, -1. Answers must be given eactly, including as fractions. If you need to use the square root symbol, as in [x=\\sqrt{17}], type it as [|x=sqrt(17)|]*. If there are no real solutions, enter [|no real solutions|]*.")@]**

END_PGML

##############################################

$showPartialCorrectAnswers = 1; #if no solution #Context("Vector"); #Context()->strings->add("no real solutions"=>{}, # "no real solution"=>{alias=>'no real solutions'}, #"none"=>{alias=>'no real solutions'}, #); #$ans = String("no real solutions");
#ANS($ans->cmp()); #if one solution #$ans = $ans1; #ANS(num_cmp($ans));

#if 2 solution

$ans = List($ans1,$ans2); ANS($ans->cmp());

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### Re: Passing a root into a fraction

by Gregory Varner -

I figured this out so I thought I would update. It was much easier than I was thinking.

I used the following snippet:

Context("Numeric");

$ans1 = Formula("(-$b+sqrt(s))/(2*$a)")->reduce;$ans1 = $ans1->substitute(s=>$discr);