From other questions on this site, I've come to the conclusion that bm is the easiest (best?) way to get bold equations.

I'm using amsthm to define a problem style, but the \bfseries doesn't make the equations bold, and adding \bm to the body font specification doesn't do it either. I'd like a way to specify that equations in the problem style should be bold so I don't have to wrap it around every little equation.



\newtheoremstyle{parenbold} % Name
  {2\parskip}           % Space above
  {}                    % Space below
  {\itshape \bfseries}  % Body font
  {}                    % Indent amount
  {\bfseries}           % Theorem head font
  {}                    % Punctuation after theorem head
  {1em}                 % Space after theorem head
  {\thmname{#1 }\thmnumber{#2)}\thmnote{ [#3]}} % Theorem head spec



    $\bm{H}$ and $\bm{K}$ are two subgroups of $\bm{G}$ of order $\bm{m}$ and $\bm{n}$ respectively.  Prove...

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    Italics already give emphasis; boldface adds another level of emphasis. Too much like a punch in the eye, in my opinion.
    – egreg
    Oct 5, 2015 at 8:17
  • Yes, I figured someone would mention that. ;) I've been playing around with it, regularly making changes. Italics on its own is barely distinguishable from regular text to my eye. Perhaps I just make everything simply bold, but then the thm body and thm head are identical, which isn't really what I want either. Bold by itself also looks too strong (brutish), and to my eye, bold italics (graceful) uses "less ink" and so gives an emphasis between bold and normal. Fortunately I know how to make these changes on my own and can keep trying to tweak it until I find something that works best. Oct 5, 2015 at 14:11

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bm is for bold expressions in an otherwise normal weight math. To make all the math bold you should use \boldmath outside the math. So here you could use

 {\itshape \bfseries\boldmath}

as the body font specification.

  • Thanks, that works great. I don't quite follow your explanation though. What does "in an otherwise normal weight math" mean, and how is this different from \boldmath? Oct 5, 2015 at 13:50
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    @TravisBemrose \boldmath $a=b$ makes a bold a=b, bm is intended for $a=\bm{b}$ making a bold b in a math expression that is otherwise non-bold. Oct 5, 2015 at 16:04

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