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Numbering exercises/problems using chapter numbers

To typeset a list of exercises or problems in \LaTeX, you could use the enumerate environment. By default, this would only produce numbers of the form n. where n is a positive integer. You could number an exercise using the chapter number to produce numbering of the form c.n. where c is the chapter number. Put the following macro definition in your preamble to get the chapter number to appear.

%% For listing problem sets. Each problem is numbered according to the
%% format
%%
%% chapterNumber.problemNumber.
\newcounter{problemcounter}
\newenvironment{problem}{%
  \setcounter{problemcounter}{1}
  \begin{list}
    {\thechapter.\arabic{problemcounter}.}
    {\usecounter{problemcounter}}
    \let\olditem\item}{%
  \end{list}
}

This could easily be customized to insert the section number instead of the chapter number.

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  1. 10 October 2010 at 12:43 am

    Nice post! Reminds me of the Hardy-Littlewood numbering system for section numbers …

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