## Forum archive 2000-2006

### Kenneth Appel - How can we arrange to share problems

by Arnold Pizer -
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 How can we arrange to share problems topic started 5/22/2001; 1:03:50 PMlast post 5/25/2001; 12:46:28 PM
 Kenneth Appel - How can we arrange to share problems  5/22/2001; 1:03:50 PM (reads: 2441, responses: 6) As a new participant in WebWork, I would much prefer not to reinvent too many wheels. I am very grateful to Arnie and Mike for putting a great number of problems at our disposal and am pleased that many others will have created problems for mass use. It would be nice to know how we will be able to access the work that has been and will soon be created. I would hope that the eventual form of the database will include not only the courses for which problems have been created but the texts with which they will work well. Probably each of us will have a course in mind and there will be some things that are covered in some texts and not others. I would assume that there will be certain problems that would be appropriate for all beginning calculus courses (Does anyone not teach differentiation of polynomials) but others that will really depend on the text material. It would be simple for the person who writes the problem to give the text and chapter he or she had in mind, but it would be even more valuable if there were a way for users to indicate other texts (chapters?) for which the problems were appropriate. This might enable a totally new user to indicate a course, a text, and the chapters of the text in the syllabus and immediately be given a collection of problems that people feel are appropriate. If WebWork continues to expand it will be much too much work for Arnie and Mike to do all that is necessary to make it maximally useful, and those of us who profit from the immense amount they have done should really find a way to parcel out to one another some of the additional work our existence in the system will create. I am not certain how all of this should be done, but I am certainly willing to volunteer to do my share. Ken Appel, UNH <| Post or View Comments |>

 Arnold K. Pizer - Re: How can we arrange to share problems  5/25/2001; 12:46:28 PM (reads: 2739, responses: 0) Hi Andy, I was in the process of responding to your post and then was puzzled when I noticed that your request for a compiled list had dissappeared. Mike beat me to the punch anyway. The comprehensive list of problems in our library is very useful. At some point we will hopefully have the ability to search for and sort on key words, etc. We have also found the low tech solution of printing out the problems in the library and scaning them quickly is very effective. We keep a paper copy of the problems in the Math Dept mail room at Rochester. If you do this, be sure your login is listed in $PG_environment{'PRINT_FILE_NAMES_FOR'} so that the actual file names of the .pg files will be printed. You should also be a professor in the course which will enable you to select and print up to 20 sets at a time. Students can only print one set at a time. If you have a very fast server, you can raise this limit. You can even print out the problems directly from our library at Rochester. Connect to http://webwork.math.rochester.edu/courses/WW_Prob_Lib2/ and do a System Login with username practice3 and password practice3. The reason you should use practice3 is that practice3 is the only practice user listed in$PG_environment{'PRINT_FILE_NAMES_FOR'} for this course. Note that since you can not login as a professor to this course you will have to download the problem sets one at a time. A lot of patience would be required to download all 131 sets but in practice, most people will only be interested in a subset of the sets. <| Post or View Comments |>