[texhax] It's good to exercise
sf at aleph-one.com
Wed Jun 13 16:28:41 CEST 2007
I think the answer is to typeset the exercises in the same manner as the
definitions and theorems and leave them in place. I can then put the
answers at the end of each chapter, to save the reader too much page
I may try to adapt the exercises package, I've had a look at the style
file, my first attempt at this kind of thing. Probably I'll end up
trying something on my own, though, I think.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Torsten Wagner [mailto:torsten.wagner at fh-aachen.de]
> Sent: 13 June 2007 14:45
> To: James Smith
> Cc: texhax at tug.org
> Subject: Re: [texhax] It's good to exercise
> Hi James,
> interesting question and I guess you will not find a definitive
> solution. First of all I believe, that it strongly depends on your
> Personally, I like to have exercises or better an example embedded
> within the text. This helps me to directly follow what was
> written just
> a few lines above on a practical example. Others may like to
> read first
> the complete chapter and sit down and try to follow the exercises
> I guess it also highly depends on the topic of your book. If
> the theory
> is rather complex I guess I like to get an example within the
> description to make the theory clearly understandable for me by
> following the inline-exercise. Other may don't like to be
> disturbed by
> exercises since they first like to get an overview before
> they start to
> play around with it.
> However, you might combine both methods, just add very short
> and rather
> simple exercises which helps to understand the theory behind
> it within
> the text and add additional exercise at the end of the chapter.
> Anyhow, I prefer a clear separation between text and example.
> Many new
> books follow this rule by adding a horizontal line before and after a
> exercise, adding a kind of pictogram beside the exercise, or
> drawing a
> box around the exercise. This help readers of both groups to
> find there
> reading style.
> There might be different point of views for engineering, programming,
> maths, physics etc. topics. I like more the engineering / programming
> point-of-view. I really think it hardly depends on the topic
> and on the
> Just my two cents...
> James Smith schrieb:
> > 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
> > 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,
> > James
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