WebAssign at the University of Maryland Math Department
Please read through the directions below before logging into WebAssign.
- Logging into the system
- Go to http://webassign.net/student.html.
- To log in:
- your username has the form abname ( where name is
your last name, and ab are the initials of your first two names) or aname
(if you have only a first and a last name). To write your username, regard
hyphens as nonexistent (e.g. Chao-hui as Chaohui). All letters should be
- your institution is umd
- your password is your nine-digit student number
- Free Period:
- You may use WebAssign free for approximately the first two weeks
of class. When you log in you should be reminded of the free period.
- There are two methods of payment: credit card, or at the bookstore.
You will see more information about this when you log on to webassign. The
cost is about $10 per semester.
- Selecting an Assignment
- Once you have successfully logged in, you will see an assignment
list with information such as how many tries you have to complete each problem
and when the assignment is due.
- Select the assignment you want to work on.
- Question Types - Within WebAssign there are different types
of questions that can be asked, including Multiple Choice, Numerical, and
Symbolic. Each type of question should be handled slightly differently.
- Appearance: The question will be followed by a list of possible
solutions. Next to each will be a square containing a circle called a radio
- Use: Radio buttons only allow you to select one answer.
If you try to select more than one, only the last answer you select will
- Example: Problem 1 of the Assignment WA1.
- Appearance: Like Multiple choice questions, Multiple Select Questions
will be followed by a list of possible answers. However, next to each possible
answer will be a square checkbox.
- Use: A checkbox allows you to choose more than one answer. To get
the problem correct you must check all of the correct answers. If
you check an answer and then decide this answer is not correct, simply click
on the box again and the check will disappear.
- Example: Problem 2 of the Assignment WA1.
- Appearance: Numerical, Symbolic, and Fill-in-the-Blank questions
will all appear the same on the screen. Somewhere within or at the end of
the problem, you will see a rectangular box.
- Use: Clicking in the box will allow you to enter your answer.
- How do I know the difference? If the question asks for an answer
which is a word, then this is a fill in the blank question. If the question
says that you may use specific variables or constants within your answer,
then it is a symbolic question. Otherwise, it is a Numerical question.
- Things to keep in mind:
- Fill-in-the-Blanks are not case sensitive but be very careful to
enter the answer with the correct spelling.
- Symbolic questions are case sensitive. If the question states
that you may use the variable "t" if you use "T," then your answer will
graded as wrong.
- Numerical questions accept only numbers. You may not use
any type of variable or function within your answer.
- After answering all the questions, submit your assignment. Be aware
of the maximum number of times you can submit the assignment (this may vary
with the assignment).
- Some of the symbols within the problems might look unusually large
or small compared to the text
- The equations seem to be wrapping around and becoming jumbled and
- The symbols within your assignments have been formatted to match
a reasonable text size. If your computer web browser is not set to this
size you may have trouble reading the problems. To change this setting,
you must change the text size in your browser preferences. Here is how you
would do this in Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator:
- Internet Explorer
- Open the View menu at the top of the browser window.
- Select Text Size from this menu.
- Set the text size to Largest.
- Netscape Navigator
- Open the Edit menu at the top of the browser window.
- Select Preferences from this menu.
- Select Font within the window that opens.
- Set the Font Size to 18 (both variable and fixed width).
- Most of the problems within your assignments were created using
some sort of formatting table. If your browser window is too small, this
can cause the equations to line up improperly. To fix this, you should maximize
your window by clicking on the maximize button in the top right hand corner
of the window.
- Browser Troubleshooting
- When a browser downloads a webpage it is stored in cache files.
If your browser doesn't seem to be showing current information you should
try to clear you browser cache. Here are instructions
on how to do this for various browsers.
- A cookie is data that a web site writes to your computer
when you go to their site. WebAssign requires you accept cookies from their
website here are instructions
on how to do this.
- More information: See the WebAssign Student Guide.
Math Department | Undergraduate