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The equivValue method compares numerical values that may be represented in different ways, such as units of measurement, where 1m = 100cm. equivValue will evaluate the expression to a numerical form for comparison. As long as the value given by the student is mathematically equal to the result the author was expecting, the question will validate as correct.

Although similar to equivSymbolic, the equivValue method cannot be used with variables. It does, however, work with decimals, fractions, and percentage. equivValue is particularly useful if you are using units of measurement. This method also handles the validation of lists and ranges, using the tolerance symbol.

Additional Options

  • Tolerance
    A plus-minus (±) value can be added by authors to the value field in the validation area. This means that students can give a response with tolerance that will be deemed as correct. For example, if the valid response set by the author is 10±1.5 the student can respond with any value from 8.5 to 11.5 and get points. Tolerance works only with the the equivValue method.

  • Allow decimal marks
    Authors can specify what separators can be used by the student. From the thousand Separator drop-down menu, you can select dot, comma, and/or space. The decimal separator menu contains the option for either a dot or a comma. Note that the specified thousand separator and decimal separator cannot be the same, e.g. both dot.

  • Significant decimal places
    This option defines how many significant decimal places can be allowed in students responses. Default and the maximum value is 10.

  • Ignore text
    This refers to LaTeX text only, and when enabled will ignore any LaTeX text the student enters in the response area.

  • Compare sides
    Used when comparing two constant equations, when both sides of an equation have not been fully specified, such as {{response}} + {{response}} = {{response}}. By default, expressions such as this will validate as isTrue. This means that as long as the expression is mathematically correct, it will validate- even if the value entered is different from that specified in the validation area. However, enabling Compare Sides ensures that the response given is symbolically equal to the equation set in the validation area.



Example 1 - basic equivValue scoring

As long as the student's answer has the same value as the response set by the author then their response will be correct. 


Example 2 - using units

equivValue is very often used with units. In this example, a value given in any applicable unit of measurement that is equal to 1 mile will be correct. US Customary Units must be used.


Example 3 - tolerance (plus/minus)

A plus-minus value can be set in validation, so that the correct response is within a range. In this example, a tolerance of 1.6 is applied.


Example 4 - allow decimal marks

The decimal places field is used to specify the number of significant decimal places in the response. In this example, decimal places is set to 3. Students will not need to enter all digits after the decimal point for the response to be deemed correct.


Example 5 - compare sides

In this example students have to enter responses in the empty boxes. A student's response will be considered correct as long as the left side of the equation is mathematically equal to the right side. Validation settings must contain one of the possible correct responses. In this example, it is set to 4+5=9.


Combining methods

equivValue is often combined with isUnit in order to restrict units that can be accepted as a correct answer.

Example - equivValue and isUnit

Combining equivValue with isUnit is a good method for narrowing possible responses when it is needed. In this example, the answer should be given in either cm or m. Listing cm and m in isUnit settings ensures that values given in these units of mesurement only will be correct. Also note that even though 5km is set as a valid response in equivValue settings, this answer will be incorrect due to the specified isUnit restrictions.


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