Rendering Equations Issues: Why Are My Equations Broken?


UW-Madison has adopted Canvas as its single, centrally supported learning management system. As of 6/1/2018, support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and most Moodle courses has been discontinued. Access to those courses has permanently ended. However, certain Moodle courses that are part of the Adanced Quizzing Content Functional Gaps project are still available on Moodle. Those courses are located on the Moodle Extension site.

This article convers possible problems with math rendering on the new moodle sites.

Beginning with Moodle version 2.8, scientific notation and equations (e.g. integrals) written in LaTeX will be displayed by default using MathJax, a browser based rendering plugin. In most cases this results in a cleaner rendering of equations which scale with the browser window and better match surrounding text.  However in certain cases the added delay, or incompatibilities in TeX rendering may cause problems .  In this case an instructor can revert an entire course, or an individual activity to the older image-based rendering of equations.

To disable MathJax in your course:

1. Click on Filters in the Administration block

Filter image

2. On the Filter Settings page, change the MathJax filter from "Default (On)" to Off.  
   Be sure to leave "TeX notation" enabled, as that is the image-based TeX rendering.

MathJax Filter

For more information on MathJax, click here.
For more information on displaying scientific notation and equations in activities, click here.
for more information on LaTex, click here.

Keywords:Latex Moodle MathJax math equation tex   Doc ID:53583
Owner:Erica H.Group:Moodle
Created:2015-07-02 13:08 CDTUpdated:2018-02-16 11:09 CDT
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