PHP Mathematical Function Quiz: abs(); acos(); acosh(); asin(); asinh(); atan(); and atan2().


HOW THE QUIZ WORKS:

Clicking the ‘randomize’ button situated above the reference table generates a new table whereby the function descriptions, function syntaxes, and function return values are randomized. The quiz involves matching the function descriptions, function syntaxes, and function return values to the correct function name. Information relating to the randomization of table cells will be displayed for three seconds, before disappearing.

On a desktop computer, table elements are selected by left-clicking the desired table cell and holding the left click in the mouse down position for one second before releasing the left click. The text inside the table cell will turn red to indicate that the one-second mouse left-click has successfully selected a table cell. To then swap the selected table cell with the target table cell, simply repeat the one-second left mouse-click process on the target cell; the table cells will swap position. To de-select a table cell, simply repeat the one-second left mouse-click process on the original table cell.

To select a table element on a touchscreen device (mobile, tablet), simply touch the desired table cell and maintain the touch for one second before removing your finger from the screen. The text inside the table cell will turn red to indicate that the one-second touch has successfully selected a table cell. To then swap the selected table cell with the target table cell, simply repeat the one-second touch process on the target cell; the table cells will swap position. To de-select a table cell, simply repeat the one-second touch process on the original table cell.

Normal touchscreen scrolling behaviour is exhibited by the cells with a light green background; cells without a light green background will not respond to normal touchscreen scrolling. The table is positioned in such a way that the user can also initiate touchscreen scrolling by swiping to the right or left of the table.

When a row consists of the correct function name, function description, function syntax, and function return value, the background colour of the row will change from ‘transparent’ to ‘khaki’; this provides visual feedback that the row is complete.

Once the entire table is complete, a paragraph of feedback will congratulate the user and provide the following information: date and time of quiz commencement; date and time of quiz completion; and the length of time it took the user to complete the quiz.

VIEWPORT OPTIONS:

Example of the mobile layout
An example of the layout designed for mobile phones

Example of the tablet layout
An example of the layout designed for tablets

Example of the desktop layout
An example of the layout designed for desktop computers

PURPOSE:

This webpage serves two purposes:

  1. It provides a reference table for the PHP mathematical functions, with information extracted and condensed from w3schools.com and php.net.
  2. It enables users to complete a quiz related to the PHP mathematical functions.

USAGE:

For each mathematical function there are four table cells of information: the function name; the function description; the function syntax; and the function return value. There are three layouts available – ‘mobile‘, ‘tablet‘, and ‘desktop‘.

Click the relevant button below to display the PHP mathematical functions reference table, sized appropriately for the desired viewport. A ‘RANDOMIZE‘ button appears above the reference table once the viewport is selected; clicking this button facilitates the commencement of a quiz.



Once the randomization of function descriptions, function syntaxes, and function return values has taken place, an ‘AUTO COMPLETE‘ button will appear above a button that facilitates a ‘RETURN TO VIEWPORT SELECTION‘. Clicking the ‘AUTO COMPLETE‘ button initiates a ‘self-completing quiz’ effect: the table cells will be correctly rearranged before your eyes in real-time. This ‘self-completion in real-time’ lasts approximately one-and-a-half minutes. You can rearrange the cells in any order that you like before clicking the ‘AUTO COMPLETE‘ button – the quiz will still ‘complete itself’.



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35-year-old father of three wonderful children [William, Seth, and Alyssa]. Works as an Assistant Technical Officer in the Sterile Services Department of Treliske Hospital, Cornwall. Enjoys jogging, web design, being a bit of a geek, and supporting Arsenal FC. Obtained a BA degree in English from the University of Bolton in 2008, and has continued to gain qualifications in a diverse range of subjects thereafter.

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