Depending on the type of question, you may need to use the math palette to enter your answer. The math palette contains templates that let you insert special mathematical formats and symbols (for example, fractions and square roots) into your answers.
In most courses, the math palette appears at the bottom of the question-and-answer area when you click into an answer box.
Click More to open a full palette of symbols and templates; click Less to return to the small palette.
If you are using the on-screen keyboard, click ABC to return to the alphabetical keys.
However, if you are required to show your work, you see a floating palette:
See Show your work for details.
|In the older player on a PC or laptop, the math palette appears next to the question-and-answer area.|
To use the math palette:
The template you chose appears in the answer area.
Here is a brief example of how to use the math palette:
To insert the mixed fraction 2 1/3 into your answer:
Use the arrow key to move around in the template.
To see a demonstration on how to use the math palette, you can watch the How to enter answers tour.
Here are some answers to common questions about using the math palette:
After you insert a template in your answer, use the arrow key to move in and out of the template. If the cursor looks small, you are inside the template. If the cursor looks big, you are outside of the template. For example, suppose you need to enter a fraction followed by a variable.
The template appears in the answer area:
Notice that the cursor looks small.
The cursor moves down to the denominator box:
Notice that the cursor is now big, which means you are outside of the template.
You can put a template inside another template to create complicated expressions. Make sure your cursor is inside the correct blue template box, and then click the template you want to insert.
For example, suppose you need to enter a fraction with the square root of 3 over 4:
You can use keyboard shortcuts to enter mathematical formats and symbols. See Using keyboard shortcuts for details.
You can remove an individual entry in the answer box by:
To clear an entire answer, click Clear All at the bottom of the player window.
See Using the player with JAWS for details on using a the JAWS screenreader with the player.
Enter answers in math courses
Use the grapher
Use the on-screen keyboard
Use the player
Use the older player