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How To Type Theta In Webassign Assignment

Keyboard shortcuts: Enter math expressions

You can use keyboard shortcuts to enter the following formats, Greek letters, symbols, and special functions for mathematical expressions, whether answering on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Keyboard shortcuts for engineering

Tablet and smartphone users: Tap the answer box for the toolbar to appear beneath it.

Math formats: subscript, exponent, fraction, square root, vector, absolute value, etc.
For this math formatType this from your keyboardOn a tablet or smartphone, open the ...




Numeric keyboard to enter _


Numeric keyboard to enter ^



Letters keyboard to enter /


(decimal point)

Numeric keyboard to enter .
( )( and )
Numeric keyboard to enter ( and )
[ ][ and ]
Numeric keyboard to enter [ and ]
{ } { and }
Numeric keyboard to enter { and }
Numeric keyboard to enter +


(minus sign)

- (hyphen)
Numeric keyboard to enter -

(multiplication dot)
* (asterisk)
Numeric keyboard to enter *

(square root)


Letters keyboard to enter \sqrt

(nth root)

Letters keyboard to enter \nrt
(absolute value)
Numeric keyboard to enter |


Letters keyboard to enter \vec

(unit vector)

Letters keyboard to enter \hat

*To enter an expression with multiplication in the numerator: Choose from the Templates menu for the correct format. (You cannot use /.)


Greek letter symbols, EMF, and hbar
For this letterEnter this from your keyboard
on a tablet or smartphone, open the Letters keyboard and enter
D, d\Delta, \delta
S, s\Sigma, \sigma
F, f\phi
Y, y\Psi, \psi
W, w\Omega, \omega


Special functions (acos, acot, ascs, ...)

Use radians for arguments of trigonometric functions, unless asked to answer in degrees.

For this special functionEnter this from your keyboard
on a tablet or smartphone, open the Letters or Numeric keyboard, as needed
arccosineacos(x) or cos^-1(x)
arccotangentacot(x) or cot^-1(x)
arccosecantascs(x) or csc^-1(x)
arcsecantasec(x) or sec^-1(x)
arcsineasin(x) or sin^-1(x)
arctangentatan(x) or tan^-1(x)
Euler's number (2.71828...) e^x or exp(x)
natural logarithm (base e)ln(x)
common logarithm (base 10) log(x)
tangent tan(x)



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    On WebAssign's Gateway exams (held in PSB 208), make sure all answer boxes have loaded before beginning the exam. If not try reloading.
    After you have started the exam, do not reload or press the backspace key, this will erase all your answers.
    On your scratch paper record each problem number and answer. If your exam fails to submit properly, I will grade your exam manually from your scratch paper.
    The symbol tool box may fail to show during an exam. On homework, practice entering symbols from the keyboard:
Type "/" for fractions.
Type "^" for exponents.
Type "sqrt(" for square roots.
Type "pi" for π.

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