Using the Math and Chemistry Equation Editor Function

Tutorial on building equations and using symbols in Moodle

Last Updated: May 31st, 2022

TeX Notation

Moodle supports a script called TeX notation. TeX notation enables instructors to create quiz questions that include correct and clear mathematical symbols that look just like what students and instructors are used to working within the classroom and assignments. 

There are two options instructors can use Host Math or the built-in Moodle Equation Editor and both create TeX Notation.

Using Host Math

This tool can be found here: Host Math 

  1. Type in numbers at the top of the tool, and use the box on the right to select the notation you want to include. The correct script will insert itself in the formula, and the bottom box will show how it will appear in the Moodle question.
  2. When the formula is complete, copy and paste the script into the Moodle question. 
  3. Add $$ to the beginning and end of the script with no spaces. 

Detailed instructions for using TeX in Moodle can be found here - Using TeX Notation

Using the Equation Editor Inside of Moodle

Get started using Moodle's equation editor:

  1. In any text area or resource in Moodle start editing.
  2. Click the expand button in the text editor.
    Expand button in the text editor.
  3. Find the calculator(Math Equation Editor) or flask(Chemistry Editor) butttons towards the end of the button options. For this example, we will use the Math Equation Editor.
    Math and Chemistry Equation Editor buttons.

For Simple Equation Building

  1. Type a number for your equation into the text box below the operator options. 
    Text entry box for equation editor below the operator button options.
  2. Click the button of the operator you want to use. 
  3. Now complete your equation by adding another number and any additional operators you would like.
    1. You can see a preview of what the students will see before you save by looking at the equation Preview below the text box!
      Multiplication and division buttons in the operator options and equation preview below the text entry box.
  4. Once ready click Save Equation to add it officially to your text area.

For Creating More Advanced Formulas

You can use the tabs at the top of the Equation Editor pop-up to access more symbols and equation-building tools. 

Arrows, Greek symbols, and Advanced tabs for the equation editor options.

Going to the Advanced tab gives you premade equations. To build with these: 

  1. Click on an equation you want to use.
  2. Change the letter to the number you want in its place.

You can mix and match these different options: 

  1. Select one equation to start with. 
    Advanced equation option for A divided by B plus C.
  2. Copy the portion you want to keep.
    highlighted entered equation, right click and copy.
  3. Clear the rest and click on the second equation you want to combine what you copied from the last. 
    Advanced equation option for Summation A,B.
  4. Paste what you copied in place of what you don't want.
    A comma B cleared and out. Right click and paste.
  5. Replace any letters with numbers, preview it at the bottom, and click Save your Equation.
    Equation preview of completed mixed equation and Save equation button at the bottom.

ATC Support & Hours of Operation

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The ATC is open to in-person assistance. Support is available through the above remote options and on campus at CEN 208

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