New! Search Option in Problem-Attic
You can now search for questions in Problem-Attic by keyword or topic. This can speed up selection because you don’t have to navigate through the database looking for specific categories. Also, because your searches are saved automatically, you can use this new option to access categories that you select from most often.
To do a search, click the magnifying class at the top-right of any selection page. Alternatively, on the main Select page, you can click “Search by Topic” on the bottom-middle panel (“My Database”).
The magnifying glass and the link do same thing: they bring you to the search page, as shown here:
After you reach the search page, type a few letters for a keyword or phrase. A drop-down menu will appear showing any matches. Click the one that is closest to what you are searching for. Problem-Attic will then present you with the database categories that cover the particular keyword or phrase. Here is an example starting with the letters “expr” and resulting in a search for “Rational expressions, simplify”:
As mentioned above, the search option always returns
You will notice the search option is
Here is a search page with multiple tabs for earth science topics:
A few other notes:
On the search page, you add problems to your document in the normal way. You drill down into categories and click on problem thumbnails, or you can use the Add button. For information about the Navigation Panel, which is a great way to move between categories, or about the right-click option for selecting problems at random, see this shortcuts page.
While selection works normally on the search page, it’s important to understand that you’re not browsing through categories in their original location. In a manner of speaking, the search results are
copiedto the tabs. At any time you can return to Problem-Attic’s main Select page (with the nine panels) by double-clicking the Select tab.
To narrow your search results, click the Settings button. You can limit the results by subject, grade level, and source. (The option called “Math Standards” applies only to the original questions which come with a subscription.)
The search option has been released as a “beta” version, meaning it’s not complete. As of this writing, we’ve successfully added search terms for about 80% of all the questions in the database. We’re still working on search terms for certain modules which are organized around lessons or units, like Achieve the Core (ATC) and Illustrative Mathematics (IM).
We welcome your feedback about the new search option. If you notice missing terms or it’s not showing the categories you’d expect, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want the search option to produce reliable results and save you time!