So, I'm writing my thesis using the book class. I have the following:

[Chapter I The fundamentals]


\chapter{The fundamentals}

together with


Now, when I define the first section using

\section{LIBOR interest rates}

I get

[I.1 LIBOR interest rates]

What I want is for the chapter number to be left out of section numbering. What I want is

[1 LIBOR interest rates]

Any ideas on how to achieve this?

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The solution is completely analogous to your \thechapter redefinition:


(Notice that I’ve used \renewcommand* instead of \renewcommand. The effect is almost identical but this leads to more comprehensive error messages in some cases. And I’ve omitted the parentheses about \thesection. Putting them is fine, too.)

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I would try the anonchap or fncychap packages from CTAN. One of the great things about a mature system like LaTeX is that almost all problems have been solved before. CTAN is a great resource, check it out for things like this.

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