# Exercise sheet with two enumerated columns

Do you have a simple, minimal template to type Exercise sheets with exercises enumerated with two columns (please check image).

Thank you.

• This doesn't need a template, it's quite straightforward – user31729 Oct 19 '15 at 15:01
• @ChristianHupfer that's ok. Do you have a suggestion? – bru1987 Oct 19 '15 at 15:02
• Are you sure the numbering should not be horizontal? – Bernard Oct 19 '15 at 18:31
• @Bernard: In that case you can provide the other answer with tasks etc ;-) – user31729 Oct 19 '15 at 20:50
• This surely must be a duplicate question. If I am not mistaken this has been asked a few times before… – clemens Mar 12 '16 at 12:47

Unless there should be no balanced heights of the \item in the multicol environment this is quite easy. The enumitem package isn't necessary at all, but might help for some more 'sophisticated' numbering/labeling of the items.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{blindtext}
%\usepackage{enumitem}

\usepackage{multicol}

\begin{document}

\begin{enumerate}
\item Calculate that
\begin{multicols}{2}
\begin{enumerate}
\item A
\item B
\item C
\item D
\item E
\item F
\item G
\item H
\item I
\end{enumerate}
\end{multicols}
\item Another question -- \blindtext
\item Yet another question -- \blindtext
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}


• BTW, you might want to use $\displaystyle ...$ for the math expressions. That way it will look more like $...$ than $,,,$. – John Kormylo Oct 19 '15 at 15:17
• @JohnKormylo: Which math expressions? I didn't not use any one so far. – user31729 Oct 19 '15 at 17:04
• @Christian Hupfer - That comment was intended for the OP, who presumably will be putting his expressions into your solution. – John Kormylo Oct 19 '15 at 17:40

You also can have a horizontal enumeration, which more natural, in my opinion, either with the tasks package, or with shortlst. You can choose the number of columns with the nc key (default is $3$) and the interlining with the il key, defaulting to $1$. Here is a demo of both ways:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{shortlst,setspace,xkeyval}%
\makeatletter
\newcounter{ncol}
\define@key{lex}{nc}[3]{\setcounter{ncol}{#1}}%% 3 columns by default
\define@key{lex}{il}[1.5]{\def\@intln{#1}}% interlining![1]
\newenvironment{tabenumerate}[1][]{%
\setkeys{lex}{nc,il,#1}
\settowidth{\labelwidth}{\mbox{(m)}}
\setlength{\leftmargini}{\dimexpr\labelwidth+\labelsep\relax}%[1][3]
\setlength{\shortitemwidth}{\dimexpr\linewidth/\value{ncol}-\labelwidth-2\labelsep\relax}%
\renewcommand{\labelenumi}{(\alph{enumi})}
\setstretch{\@intln}
\begin{shortenumerate}}%
{\end{shortenumerate}
}%
\newcommand\paritem[2][1]{\item \parbox[t]{#1\shortitemwidth}{\setstretch{1}#2\medskip}}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\noindent Solve the following equations:
\task Equation $1$
\task Equation $2$
\task Equation $3$
\task Equation $4$ is a rather long equation
\task Equation $5$
\task Equation $6$
\task Equation $7$
\task Equation $8$
\bigskip

\noindent Solve the following equations:
\begin{tabenumerate}
\item Equation $1$
\item Equation $2$
\item Equation $3$
\item Equation $4$ is a rather long equation
\item Equation $5$
\paritem[1] {Equation $6$ is another long equation}
\paritem[2] {Equation $7$ is a third long equation that stretches along two columns. }
\item Equation $8$

\end{tabenumerate}

\end{document}


• that is a great solution. Thank you Bernard. – bru1987 Oct 21 '15 at 13:07