# Create a mathematical problem with randomized parameters

Recently I am using Moodle to create problems with randomized parameters. In Moodle, there is so-called Calculated questions that let me do this in a straightforward way. For example, I can simply type: "Evaluate $$\int_{{a}}^{{b}}(x^{2}+{c}x+{d})dx$$" for which the output is something like: "Evaluate $$\int_{2}^{7}(x^{2}-4x+3)dx.\text{"}$$ Here the numbers $$2,7,-4,3$$ are generated randomly by Moodle. Thus each student would receive a different problem. Of course, Moodle also allows me to input the answer for this problem: (-2*pow({a},3) - 3*pow({a},2)*{c} - 6*{a}*{d} + {b}*(2*pow({b},2) + 3*{b}*{c} + 6*{d}))/6 so that the students can check their work right after they type down the answer and I can also assess the student's work automatically.

However, Moodle only allows me to set one output value for each problem. For example, I would like to create a problem having several outputs, like: "Let $$f(x)=x^{2}+\sqrt{9-x^{2}}+7$$. The greatest integer number in the domain of $$f$$ is $$\boxed{\text{a blank box to type the answer here}}$$ and the greatest integer number in the range of $$f$$ is $$\boxed{\text{a blank box to type the answer here}}$$". Here the numbers $$9$$ and $$7$$ are also generated randomly.

I do not know how to do this in Moodle. Note that in Moodle there is so-called Embedded answers (Cloze) question that allows multiple outputs, however it does not allow randomized parameters.

My question: How do we create a question like in the above example with randomized parameters and several outputs for which we are also able to assess the student's work automatically?

For this, I mean that we can use any platform (not necessarily Moodle). Doing a research I found that we may use some PHP codes to do this in Moodle, see here. But I haven't got this work on my own, probably due to a lack of PHP experience (I think with some suggestions it would be alright). Another way is to install a plugin from Wiris, however I am not authorised to do this on my Moodle system.

• You might check out this recent question. Sep 5 '20 at 22:17
• @Nick I would definitely check it out.
– John
Sep 6 '20 at 0:18
• @Nick C Hi, what is a practicle way to input math formulas in Myopenmath? For example, I did't see the symbol $\iint$ in the editor. How do we type the double integral symbol?
– John
Sep 7 '20 at 22:11
• If you have an account, there is a lively forum called “How Do I...” where other MOM users (and MOM creator David Lippman) answer questions like this. [It should be part of the support course you are added to you automatically when you start an account.] Sep 7 '20 at 22:21
• @Nick. Thank a lot.
– John
Sep 7 '20 at 22:33