How to Create a Significant Figures Quiz Question

The purpose of this article is to explain how to create a significant figures question in the Brightspace Quiz tool.

Significant figures questions require respondents to answer in scientific notation and provide solutions that contain a specified number of significant figures. Math and science courses commonly use this question type. You can ensure each respondent receives a unique question by including variables enclosed with curly braces that randomly generate scientific notations within the problem.

Create Question

Step 1

Choose a question type

  1. Navigate to the new question page from a specific quiz or the Question Library
  2. Select Significant Figures Question (x10)


Step 2

Create question text

  1. Enter a title for your question (optional)
  2. Enter Points allotted (this can be edited later if you are unsure)
  3. Select Difficulty level (optional)
  4. Enter the Question Text
  5. Click Insert an Image if you want to add an image to the question, and provide a Description for it (optional)
  6. Enter Formula (All variables must be enclosed in curly braces. i.e. 2 * {x} + {y} – {z})
  7. To verify your formula before sharing it with learners, click Test
  8. Select number of Significant Figures and % points deduction
  9. Select Tolerance options
  10. Enter Units and Worth
  11. Select desired Evaluation OptionsCase Insenitive, Case Sensitive, or Regular Expression



Step 3

Create the variables for the problem

  1. Enter a variable a Name
  2. Enter a minimum value in Min and a maximum value in Max
  3. To set the system’s incrementing steps as it generates numbers from the range set by the Min and Max fields, enter a number in the Step field
  4. To add variables, click Add Variable; to delete variables, click trash can icon
  5. Click Preview to see how the question will appear
  6. Click Save


Question Hint (optional)

  1. Click Expand question hint
  2. Enter Question Hint


TIP: In order for students to see the hint when taking the quiz, Allow hints must be enabled on the Properties tab.

Question Feedback (optional)

  1. Click Expand question feedback
  2. Enter Question Feedback text


Video: Creating Significant Figures Questions

in Brightspace

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