You may be familiar with LaTeX from college, it's a maths markup language that is commonly used on computers. We use it in HegartyMaths when displaying questions and we can also display it in the feedback fields to students.

A few written instructions are given below, but please feel free to give our LaTeX helper a whirl if you want to try it out.

Quick answer

In order for your student to see feedback like this:

In the feedback field, write this:

 

Longer answer

Lots of teachers ask us to put the maths keyboard up when they're writing feedback. It's on our list of things to do, but it'll probably be a while before we can release it because for technical reasons, it's tricky to do on that page.

You don't need the keyboard to write maths in the feedback fields, because we have enabled LaTeX encoding. If you want to put fractions, powers, square roots and so on into your feedback, this is how to do it:

Very simply, use dollar signs ($) at the start and end of your code.

$x$ will look like

 

Multiplying and dividing:

\div and \times are used to enter divide and multiply symbols:

 

Teacher writes:

 

 

 

 

 

Student sees:

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher writes:

 

 

 

 

 

Student sees:

 

 

 

 

 

Fractions

To do fractions, use the keyword "\frac"

A half is $\frac{1}{2}$

Teacher writes:

 Student sees:

Square roots 

To do square roots, use the keyword \sqrt

The square root of 3 is $\sqrt{3}$

Teacher writes:

 Student sees:

Powers and indices

Use ^ to give powers

2 to the power of 6 is $2^6$

Teacher writes:

Student sees:

 

 

For negative indices put the index in curly brackets {} like so:

Teacher writes:

 

 

 

 

Student sees:

 

 

 

 

Finally

If you want the maths to stand on its own line, use double dollars at the start and end of the phrase.

Teacher writes:

Student sees: