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Chris Graham  said  Ready to use  3 years ago 
Lauren Richards  said  Needs to be tested  3 years ago 
Hannah Aldous  said  Has some problems  3 years ago 
Vicky Hall  said  Has some problems  3 years ago 
Elliott Fletcher  said  Has some problems  3 years ago 
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Elliott Fletcher 2 years, 11 months ago
Published this.Chris Graham 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Ready to use
Chris Graham 3 years ago
I fixed the spacing around the = in b)(ii). Otherwise I think this is good.
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Needs to be tested
Hannah Aldous 3 years ago
question looks good, just a few little things
 question b only has one part so i is unnecessary (same in advice)
 advice for parts a, c and d when you do your subtraction make sure it is clear that you are subtracting the whole equation as it looks like you are just making your left hand side negative at the moment
 text on advice for a iv is centred whereas the rest of the advice isn't
 text for the advice of part c is centred too
 part c advice needs a full stop after x= recurring number, before 'By multiplying...'
 for your advice for part c maybe include the fact that you are doing the subtraction to remove the recurring numbers
 the line beginning 'From this...' continues off the page so can not be read, perhaps because it is in LaTeX
 I'd put a space between your final fraction and 'in it's fractional form
Hannah Aldous 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Has some problems
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Needs to be tested
Chris Graham 3 years ago
The student will want to submit each part individually, and for this reason I would split this into two questions.
I have removed the full stops after the fractions. They were not really necessary and their vertical alignment, next to the fraction bar, was awkward.
In (a), clearly (iii) is the toughest. I think I'd swap it for (iv) to give a more logical progression in difficulty.
Where you have \
$\displaystyle...
you can enclose maths in\[ \]
with the same effect.You also have some centred text in the advice. Note that using
\[ \]
will centre the maths without the need to centre using the formatting tools.
Chris Graham 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Has some problems
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Needs to be tested
Chris Graham 3 years ago
Hi Lauren, I guess this was after we sorted the other bits on Friday. It appears as though this could be due to floating point precision, such that f2 is not considered a precise integer for the purpose of obtaining the gcd. I have added
precround(...,0)
to the definition of f2 and I think that this has solved it.
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Everything is fixed now EXCEPT part b)i) STILL does not simplify properly for some unknown reason. It gave 342/1000 as that instead of 171/500 and another time 302/1000 instead of 151/500 and again another time 416/1000 instead of 52/125.
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Has some problems
Chris Graham 3 years ago
Hi Lauren, you currently have amissing answer(s) for your gaps. If you can sort that and I'll also come and see you.
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Explanation for "Doesn't work":
The problems with this question are in part b)  part a) is mostly fine.
 In part a), I am slightly unhappy about it the apparent impossibility of aligning whilst having an underline. I have a subtraction in part a) and wanted the answer to the subtraction directly underneath the subtraction with an underline separating it but I couldn't get it to work so I now have it not underlined and separated but still aligned.
 The big problems are in both sections of part b).
 b)i)  The unsimplified fraction does not simplify properly using either gcd or the \simplify command and I cannot for the life of me work out why not. Vicky previously thought the problem was that the numerator and denominator of the fraction were not variables but I have made them so and it still will not 1) identify the correct gcd nor 2) simplify properly. For instance, on the last run it said that with a fraction of 700/1000, 700 and 1000 had a gcd of 1 and therefore the fraction could not be simplified. It's very strange though, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It is therefore difficult to set the correct answer as there is no predicting which answer itself has calculated.
 b)ii)  I have had to create a number using individual variables which is causing problems, e.g. variable a = 1, variable b = 2, variable c = 3 and the full number = 123. Everything is fine up until the end where there is a fraction that needs to be simplified where 123 is the numerator. Numbas obviously won't recognise (1)(2)(3) as 123 so I don't know how to get around this. I could ask the students to just not simplify their answer which gets rid of the problem but Vicky and I both agree that is not best practice.
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Doesn't work
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Vicky had a look at this question but it is still problematic.
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Having a few issues with this question and need a bit of help.
Vicky Hall 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Has some problems
Vicky Hall 3 years ago
I think this should be called 'converting decimals to fractions'. Do you have or are you going to make another question on converting fractions to decimals?
The numbers are very large in part b) of the questions. My first fraction was $\displaystyle\frac{681}{10000}$ and my second was $\displaystyle\frac{4365}{999}$. I can see fairly easily that $\displaystyle\frac{681}{10000}$ has no common factor but I had to check with my calculator if $3$ was a factor of $4365$. To fix this, I would reduce the decimal places, so perhaps make the nonrecurring decimal $2$ decimal places long, and have the recurring decimal repeat after either $1$ or $2$ decimal places.
Make sure all numbers in the advice are in Latex. In the working for the recurring decimals, it would look much neater to have the $=$ aligned in the subtraction.
I have fixed the notation issue for the recurring decimal in part a).
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
I totally agree with Elliott's feedback about notation of recurring decimals but I can't seem to make it work when the recurring decimal is a variable.
Also, in some instances, weirdly, simplify doesn't seem to be working for some of the final answers.
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Needs to be tested
Elliott Fletcher 3 years ago
This all looks pretty good, i just have a few suggestions.
Main Parts
a) iii) For a recurring decimal, you could use a handy piece of notation to avoid writing something like 0.6666...
using 0.\dot{6}, you can write the 6 with a dot above it which is the common notation for a recurring decimal. If you do want to use this i would also put a note in the statement saying 0.\dot{6} means 0.666...
Advice
On the first line you say "to convert a fraction into a decimal" whereas this should be "to convert a decimal into a fraction". I also think in this opening paragraph that you should say that you are multiplying the numerator and the denominator of this fraction by 10 instead of just saying that you multiply the whole fraction by 10.
a) iii) I don't think this is really enough of an explanation for how you convert a recurring decimal to fraction. I think there is actually a different method for converting recurring decimals to fractions, see the following link: http://studymaths.co.uk/topics/convertingRecurringDecimalsToFractions.php
a) iv) you haven't entered the decimal that you are converting to a fraction underneath the iv) here as you have with the other questions.
Otherwise, i think this is a good question!
Elliott Fletcher 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Has some problems
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
Gave some feedback: Needs to be tested
Lauren Richards 3 years ago
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J. Richard's copy of Decimals to fractions  Ready to use  J. Richard Snape  15/08/2019 17:06  
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