WebAssign Math Tools Are Now iPad Compatible!

Selected WebAssign math tools are now available on the iPad, just in time for summer classes!  The tools included in this compatibility update include mathPad, calcPad, and the Graphing Tool.

It makes no difference in grading whether work  is completed on an iPad or on another supported platform. However, there are some differences in how you work on the iPad to be aware of that you can read more about in our online help.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we are in the process of updating more supported WebAssign tools for the iPad, which will be ready in the near future.

mathPad display:

calcPad display:

Graphing Tool display:

iPad Tips:

  • You can answer WebAssign questions in Safari on any iPad with iOS5 or higher.
  • You cannot copy or paste parts of the expression.
  • Tapping the pad button is usually faster and easier than using the keyboard.
  • Typing an opening parenthesis, bracket, or brace automatically inserts a closing parenthesis, bracket, or brace.
  • To prevent the on-screen keyboard from hiding part of the problem or your work, turn your iPad to work in portrait mode. Also, consider using a split keyboard.
  •  Double-tap what you want to select. Double-tap another location to extend your selection. For example, in the expression 3x/2:
    1. Double-tap 3 to select 3.
    2. Double-tap the selection to select 3x.
    3. Double-tap the selection again to select the entire fraction

iPad Support for Graphing Tool:

The iPad version of the graphing tool includes all of the same functionality as the desktop version, but does have some differences in usage. To use the iPad version of the graphing tool, you select objects by tapping object buttons and plot objects on the graph by tapping points in the graphing area. You can refine and change the properties of any object you plot by using Graph Layers. To view Graph Layers, click the arrows in the upper-right corner of the graphing tool or select an object on the graph.

  • To select an object in a drawer, like a ray or line segment, tap the drawer and then tap the object you want to select.
  •  To adjust an object’s properties use Graph Layers. You can access graph layers by selecting an object or by tapping the arrows located to the right of the clear all button. For example, you would used Graph Layers to make a dashed line.
  • After you graph an object, the object is selected. To draw a new object you must select a drawing tool.
  • Always fill in objects last. If you make a change to the graph after adding fills, they will be deleted.

For more details on operation and use, see Use Graphing Tool on an iPad.