I am having some big problem regarding the table of content of my thesis and the indexing of the propositions. I think it mainly began when I introduced chapters, whereas I only used sections before.

This is how my table of contents looks like enter image description here

The indexing makes no sense at all. Similarly the counters of Definitions, Propositions and so on seems to have related problems, take for example

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where I would instead like the section to be 2.2 and the definitions to be 2.2.1 and 2.2.2: the problem seems that I am generating the same order for chapters, sections, definitions and so on.

This text code is in fact located in

\chapter{Fundamentals of Set and Order Theory} %which is the second chapter: so far so good$
\section{Axiomatics of Set Theory} %which appears as 2.1: ok%
\section{Orderings} %which apears as section 2.4 instead of 2.2: this is no coincidence since the previous section contains exactly 2 definitions%

This is the code I am using regarding new enviroments




The impression is that all the indexing is getting mixed up peculiarly, without respecting the natural hierarchy (chapter,section...)

Thanks for help!

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    Maybe \newtheorem{myth}{Theorem}[section] and \newtheorem{myprop}[mythm]{Proposition} (and similarly for the other environments)? – egreg Aug 9 '19 at 11:30

The syntax


orders LaTeX to use for myth the section counter. So each time myth is used, the section counter steps up. The same for the other environments.

You most likely want

\newtheorem{myth}{Theorem}[section] % myth is subordinate to section
\newtheorem{myprop}[myth]{Proposition} % myprop shares the myth counter



But why using such strange names? Wouldn't theorem be better than myth?

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  • Thanks, definitely what I was searching for, and what I had actually written before someone corrected me wrongly, because of a reference related issue. – Francesco Bilotta Aug 9 '19 at 14:55

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