[texhax] It's good to exercise
"Fernando Q. Gouvêa"
fqgouvea at colby.edu
Wed Jun 13 14:53:06 CEST 2007
See my book on p-adic numbers. I didn't follow the convention of putting
exercises at the end. It depends on what you're trying to do, but it
worked for what I was aiming for in that book.
The theorem package would allow you to set up a separate numbering
scheme for exercises, but (as you'll see in my book) I ended up creating
my own macro for exercises, and just numbered them sequentially
throughout the book.
James Smith wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm writing chapters of my book now that are thick with exercises. I
> want to place them directly where they are relevant but they don't look
> right. A glance at my maths books suggests this is never really done,
> although I'm sure I've come across this approach in programming books
> before, especially the lighter ones, which unfortunately mine is not.
> I'm going to rewrite the first chapter that uses exercises now, and
> place the exercises at the end of the chapter, and see how it reads. I
> think this goes somewhat against the flow, but it seems the norm.
> Does anyone have any strong opinions on this one way or the other? If
> leaving exercises in situ is okay, I think I need to find a way of
> numbering them that does not seem to clash with the definitions and
> later on, the theorems. I could find a way to number the exercies with
> the same schema used for these but I don't know how to do this and I'm
> as yet undecided on the numbering scheme for definitions, theorems and
> the like anyway. The default numbering scheme seems fine for papers, but
> overly elaborate for a book.
> Any opinions on this would be greatly appreciated.
> Kind regards,
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Fernando Q. Gouvea
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