# Problem Creation

I think it would be great if answers did not have to exclusively be integers from 0 to 999 when writing solutions. I think this is fine for math problems, but when it comes to physics problems it can sometimes be difficult to get the answer to fit within these constraints as the answers can be either astronomically large or very small. To make sure that the answer is standardized it could be written to three significant figures. A range of acceptable answers could also possibly be created so that it will accept for example an answer within 0.5 of the actual value to take into account rounding errors.

On a side note, the math isn't displaying correctly in some of the posts on my news feed but then once I click on the problem it displays correctly.

Note by Cole Coupland
4 years, 6 months ago

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Note that you could edit the problem statement, too. For example, if the user would be determining the distance between the earth and the sun, don't ask for the amount of meters, but rather in light seconds. You could also ask for a quantity multiplied / divided by $$10^n$$, in order for the answer to fit within the constraints.

- 4 years, 6 months ago

I think that makes sense for math like I said but it seems really unnecessary for physics questions. Even when brilliant made their own questions for physics, the questions were allowed to be negative, decimals or written in scientific notation and it would allow for question writers to get straight to the point instead of beating around the bush. Editing the problem statement does work and its okay but I don't think its an optimal solution and I think it would be much easier if scientific notation and decimals were allowed.

- 4 years, 6 months ago