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# About the Formulas question type

## About the author

*Author of the Formulas question type plugin***Hon Wai Lau**, Ph.D., Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany, and Institute for Quantum Science and Technology and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.The Formulas question type was written by Hon Wai Lau in about one year, in 2009 and 2010, after her Master studies in Physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Hon Wai Lau's Formulas question type original project is on Google Code Archive. Note that the initial name "Coordinate" was later changed to "Formulas". Hon Wai Lau's original question type is compatible with Moodle 1.9 and 2.0.

## About the maintainer 2010-2020

*Maintainer of the Formulas question type plugin for the period 2010-2020***Jean-Michel Védrine**, retired Professor of Statistics and Computing at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie in Saint-Étienne, France.Jean-Michel Védrine maintained the Formulas question type from its creation in 2010 until 2020 when he retired. He made a major upgrade of the plugin to the new question engine, introduced in Moodle 2.1.

❝ In an open source software, the maintainer is the main contributor of the software. It is the one who is responsible for upgrading the software, fixing bugs, and accepting patches proposed by other contributors. His mission is also to evolve the technical base of the software and to follow the evolution of the software libraries on which the software is based. ❞

^{ Wikipedia}## About the maintainer 2020-today

*Maintainer of the Formulas question type plugin for the period 2020-today***Dominique Bauer**, Ph.D., Eng., Professor of Structural Engineering, Department of Construction Engineering, École de technologie supérieure, Montréal, Canada.Dominique Bauer started to maintain the Formulas question type on May 26, 2020.

## Copyright

The formulas question type was released originally by Hon Wai Lau in 2010 and 2011 with the following notice:

Copyright © 2010-2011 Hon Wai, Lau

Author: Hon Wai, Lau

License: GNU Public License, version 3This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/>

## Acknowledgements

Here are the acknowledgements of Lau Hon Wai in 2010, 2011 on the formulas plugin page for Moodle 1.9 and 2.0:

This is part of the project I have [Lau Hon Wai] developed during my work at the Department of Physics of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Thanks to Jean-Michel Védrine for taking the time to help transfer this question type to the new Moodle. Thanks also to Anthony Borrow and Michael de Raadt for helpful discussions and to Nadav for helping me add this entry.

## Similar question type

Maplesoft offers several types of questions in its Maple T.A. software. One of them is the Mathematical Formula type which is in some respects similar to the Moodle's formulas question type.