Units and currencies
Find an example of how to create a question with units below. See which units and metric prefixes are available.
Example 1: Units
Let us create a basic question with units:
We need to enable the units and prefixes we want to use in Input options > Input syntax. You can check only those units and prefixes you are interested in or use the All tab.
Then, we need to generate the random variable, which will be requested to be converted, and the corresponding correct. We'll add a
as a basic random variable accordingly, and the correct answer inside the evaluate
command.
Tip
You can see more details regarding how to create random basic variables here.
Finally, you can also select the Match unit of measure validation option to force the student's answer to be expressed in meters.
Units
Basic units of the SI
Magnitude | Name | Symbol |
---|---|---|
Length | meter | m |
Mass | kilogram | kg |
Time | second | s |
Electric current | amper | A |
Thermodynamic temperature | kelvin | K |
Quantity of substance | mol | mol |
Luminous intensity | candela | cd |
Units derived from SI
Magnitude | Name | Symbol |
---|---|---|
Plane angle | radian | rad |
Solid angle | steradian | sr |
Frequency | hertz | Hz |
Force | newton | N |
Pressure, strain | pascal | Pa |
Pressure, strain | atmosphere | atm |
Energy, work, quantity of heat | joule | J |
Energy | electronvolt | eV |
Power, radiant flux | watt | W |
Electric potential difference, electromotive force | volt | V |
Capacitance | farad | F |
Electrical resistance | ohm | $\Omega $ |
Electrical charge | coulomb | C |
Electrical conductivity | siemens | S |
Magnetic flux | weber | Wb |
Magnetic flux density | tesla | T |
Inductance | henry | H |
Luminous flux | lumen | lm |
Illuminance | lux | lx |
Radioactivity | becquerel | Bq |
Absorbed dose | gray | Gy |
Equivalent dose | sievert | Sv |
Catalytic activity | katal | Kat |
Molar concentration | molar | M |
Unit of mass | dalton | u |
Units from other systems
Magnitude | Name | Symbol |
---|---|---|
Time | hour | h |
Time | minute | min |
Volume | liter | l |
Pressure, strain | bar | b |
Force | kilopond | kp |
Length | yard | yd |
Length | foot | ft |
Length | inch | in |
Length | mile | mi |
Length | nautical mile | nmi |
Volume | gallon | gal |
Mass | ounce | oz |
Mass | pound | lb |
Volume | fluid ounce | floz |
Volume | pint | pt |
Metric prefixes
See below a list of the currently accepted metric prefixes:
Metric prefixes
Text | Symbol | Factor | Power |
---|---|---|---|
exa | E | $1000000000000000000$ | ${10}^{18}$ |
peta | P | $1000000000000000$ | ${10}^{15}$ |
tera | T | $1000000000000$ | ${10}^{12}$ |
giga | G | $1000000000$ | ${10}^{9}$ |
mega | M | $1000000$ | ${10}^{6}$ |
kilo | k | $1000$ | ${10}^{3}$ |
hecto | h | $100$ | ${10}^{2}$ |
deca | da | $10$ | ${10}^{1}$ |
deci | d | $0.1$ | ${10}^{-1}$ |
centi | c | $0.01$ | ${10}^{-2}$ |
mili | m | $0.001$ | ${10}^{-3}$ |
micro | $\mu $ | $0.000001$ | ${10}^{-6}$ |
nano | n | $0.000000001$ | ${10}^{-9}$ |
pico | p | $0.000000000001$ | ${10}^{-12}$ |
femto | f | $0.000000000000001$ | ${10}^{-15}$ |
atto | a | $0.000000000000000001$ | ${10}^{-18}$ |
Example 2: Currencies
Let us create a basic question with currencies:
As you have seen in the example involving units, you need to enable the currencies in Input options > Input syntax. Notice all currencies can be selected with only one box.
The algorithm is straightforward. Notice that if you want to make an algorithm for a question with currencies, you must use the corresponding CalcMe symbol under the Units of measure tab.
To conclude, currencies are similar to physical units, and we have to take into account:
You can do basic arithmetic with currencies, unless
convert()
between them.Students can write the currency symbol at left ($12) or right (34€). Both styles will be graded as correct.
Students must type the currency symbol using their keyboard. The toolbar for the answer doesn't have any currency symbols. So please ensure that students have the symbol on their keyboard! Alternatively, provide it in the question wording for them to copy & paste.
Currencies
See below a list of the currently accepted currencies:
Currencies
Symbol | Name |
---|---|
BTC | Bitcoin |
$ | Dollar |
€ | Euro |
Fr | Franc |
kr | Koruna/Krona/Krone |
£ | Pound |
₽ | Ruble |
₹ | Rupee |
₩ | Won |
¥ | Yen/Yuan |