[Tex/LaTex] continuous numbering of theorems for the whole article


In the code


what should stand in place of section to get continuous numbering (simply Theorem 1, Theorem 2, etc.) for the whole text?

Best Answer

The short answer is "nothing". In LaTeX [...] denotes an optional argument. For \newtheorem when this argument is not present, these environments are number continuously throughout the document:

Sample output




  A theorem.

\section{A section}

  Another theorem.


The command \newtheorem has another commonly used optional argument. Writing


will use the same counter for Theorems and Corrollaries, so that you get

Theorem 1
Theorem 2
Corollary 3
Theorem 4

instead of

Theorem 1
Theorem 2
Corollary 1
Theorem 3    

In long documents, numbering of the former type is the most helpful to the reader.