Advanced Maths Tools

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NOTE: The tools discussed in these pages are, at this time (August 2011), considered to be "third-party plugins". They are not core, as yet, and still need to be thoroughly tested under more stringent conditions i.e. by users of all sorts. If interested, please follow the links below and download the package that suits your situation and use it in good faith. Any issues or problems can be discussed in the Mathematics Tools Forum.


In August of 2011, Mauno Korpelainen released his long-awaited Maths integration package, named SEE. Mauno successfully integrated a number of Maths tools onto Moodle 2.1. These tools include Geogebra, JSXGraph, Math, MathML, MathTran, tex, DragMath, Geonext, JSQuery, MathJax. Mauno had also included a version of TinyMCE that has, as native, a Maths editing toolbar. The pages that follow are a guide to downloading, installing and using the plugins.


At this time, the files are not available from Moodle's Downloads area, but no doubt they will be soon enough. In the meantime, you can download the files you require from Mauno's site.

There are two packages, which are both zip files, available from MplugA and MplugB.


At 70MB, MpluA is the larger of the two files, but it contains a lot of files not available in MplugB.


MplugB is 52.4MB in size and contains all the same features are MplugA except it does not include Mathjax.

How these files are installed to each Moodle is entirely up to the Administrators, but what is suggested here is written mainly for the inexperienced Administrator, for people new to Moodle.


The installation of these plugins does not require any core files to be overwritten, but some can be replaced, if considered a desirable outcome. The simplest and easiest way, and maybe the safest or at least most controlled method, is to just copy and paste the various sub-folders to the appropriate areas.

Both zip files contain three folders, filter, lib and theme.


In the filter folder, there are six folders, each of which can be copied to the moodle/filter folder of your installation. These folders are geogebra, jsxgraph, math, mathml, mathtran and tex.


In the lib folder there are also six folders for MplugB, and seven folders for MplugA. Both have folders called common, dragmath, editor, geonext, jsquery, jsxgraph. The MplugA also contains the additional folder of MathJax.

The editor folder contains the tinymath folder.

All these folders can be copied to the moodle/lib folder, and if the default HTMLArea and TinyMCE editors are required to be retained, then the TinyMath editor can be added to the moodle/lib/editor folder. If the default editors are to be entirely replaced, then there is no reason for them to remain there. However, what is used in case of a back stop being required? The Admins can deactivate the defaults and activate the TinyMath editor, retaining the default editors as emergency back stops.


Two Moodle 2 themes are included with both packages. One is Mathstandard and the other is called Stylist. These can be unzipped and pasted to the moodle/theme folder and can be used if needed. Like all themes, they may not be to prevailing or local cultural tastes, but they can be modified to suit each Moodle site's requirements.

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