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Problems of the Week Membership -- Getting Started

What is the Problems of the Week Library?

In December, 1993, the Geometry Problem of the Week service began. Over the next six years, seven additional Problems of the Week were launched for these audiences: ElemPoW (Elementary School), MidPoW (Middle School), AlgPoW (Algebra), CalcPoW (Trigonometry and Calculus), and DMPoW (Discrete Math), FunPoW (Math Fundamentals), and PreAlgPoW (Pre-Algebra).

As problems were offered in our Current Problems service, the student submissions that were highlighted helped create our Solutions and Commentary pages in the Library. When we moved to offering the FunPoW instead of ElemPoW and also the PreAlgPoW instead of MidPoW, we listed them together in the Library under the new service's name.

In November, 2008, the Problems of the Week Library was expanded to include Primary PoWs, problems designed for the mathematics taught in Grades K-2.

If your students have logins, not only can you have them submit to any of the six Current Problems but, also, any of the problems in the Library, tPoWs and/or Financial Ed PoWs. As you browse, notice that each problem has a blue box with the Assign link.

Things to notice when you view the Library:

Below the Browse by service list, view the page About the PoW Library
Each problem has a number. Enter it in the box at the top of the main Library page and click Go.
Browse each of the services: Primary, Math Fundamentals, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Discrete Math, Trig & Calculus

[Note: If you have a Current PoW membership, you can browse the Library but when you get to the point of accessing an actual problem page, your login will not allow you to view it.
If you have a Trial Account, you can similarly browse and you will be able to view up to 5 different Library problems during your 21-day free trial access.]

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