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Creating Quizzes and Handouts

The Mathematica Teacher's Edition quiz generator gets you started quickly. Here are step-by-step instructions for making a quiz.


To create a new handout or quiz:

1. Open the Problem Generator palette by clicking Handouts and keys in the Home palette. (You can also open the palette by choosing Problem Generator from the Teacher's Edition menu.)

2. Click New. A dialog box appears with the first field selected for you.

3. Fill in the dialog box. (You do not have to fill in every field.) To move between the fields, press TabKey. Once all the fields have text in them, you can no longer press TabKey to move between them.

4. Click Continue if you are ready to create the handout. A new notebook appears, and you are prompted to save the notebook. All the information you provided is automatically pasted into the handout. You can edit this information at any time directly in the notebook.

To open existing handouts:

1. Click the Open button. A dialog box appears.

2. Select the notebook containing the handout, and click Open.

Multiple handouts may be open at the same time.

To add randomly generated problems to a handout:

1. Make sure that if you have several handouts open at once, the appropriate handout is the topmost notebook. (The title bar of the topmost handout is colored on Windows and is darker on Macintosh.)

2. Choose the type of problems you want to add to your handout and click the corresponding tab.

3. Most tab panels contain two or more problem groups. Click the triangle or the problem group text to see the paste buttons. For some problems, you can specify that the solution is an integer, rational, real, or complex number (DoubleStruckCapitalZ, DoubleStruckCapitalQ, DoubleStruckCapitalR, and DoubleStruckCapitalC, respectively).

4. Click a paste button and a problem of that type is pasted into your handout. If you click the paste button again, a similar problem with different coefficients is pasted into your handout.

5. Do these same steps for any problem type you want to paste into your handout. Each time, a different problem of the selected type will be generated.

You may edit the instructions for the problem or the coefficients of the expression. However, once you change the problem, the solution type may change. In addition, if you change the problem expression, it may not be solvable by the command given in the answer key.

The Custom problem tab allows you to enter your own problems. These problems will not be solved in the answer key.

To add a custom problem to a handout:

1. Make sure that if you have several handouts open at once, the appropriate handout is the topmost notebook.

2. Choose the Custom tab.

3. Click one of the two paste buttons. A generic question is posted into your handout.

4. Edit the text and the expression as desired. For assistance in typing two-dimensional expressions, see Entering Mathematical Notation.

If you click Add your own graph problem, you will also get a grid appropriate for graphing the results.

To vary a handout:

1. Make sure that if you have several handouts open at once, the appropriate handout is the topmost notebook.

2. Click the Vary button. A new handout appears, and you are prompted to save the notebook. The problems in the new notebook are variations of the problems in the original notebook.

T I P S
BulletMathematica TE may not be able to generate an answer key for a notebook that you have created using the File RightTriangle New menu command or the New notebook button on the Home palette. To start with a fresh handout, click the New button on the Problem Generator palette.
BulletThe Problem Generator palette assumes that your handout notebooks use the TEhandoutStyle.nb style sheet. Notebooks that use a different style sheet will not be recognized as handouts by this palette.




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