# How can I make a custom theorem for a definition?

Looking at the wikibooks article on theorems has me wondering... I'd like to do something, if possible, similar to the default "proof" theorem style, whereby I can add a custom name to each theorem as I go along..

Eample: In the wikibooks here, it says that if I use the following code, I get the opportunity to name the proof:

\begin{proof}[Proof of important theorem]
Here is my important proof
\end{proof}


If I were to leave out the [proof of important theorem], it would just say "Proof:" instead.

I'd like to make it possible to define a definition theorem that always says "Definition #", but I can optionally add a name to it so it may say something like "Definition 3.1 - The answer of the universe and everything", followed by the definition in question.

Right now, this is all I have. I don't know much about TeX yet as I'm just learning it now.

\newtheoremstyle{definitionstyle} % name of the style to be used
{10mm}        % measure of space to leave above the theorem. E.g.: 3pt
{10mm}        % measure of space to leave below the theorem. E.g.: 3pt
{}            % name of font to use in the body of the theorem
{}            % measure of space to indent
{\bfseries}   % name of head font
{\newline}    % punctuation between head and body
{10mm}        % space after theorem head
\theoremstyle{definitionstyle}
\newtheorem{mydef}{Definition}[section]


All theorem environments support an optional argument for a theorem's name or a note. In the following example, I use the thmtools package to format the note. (The amsthm package still provides some underlying functionality, but I prefer thmtools' key-value-syntax.)

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{amsthm}
\usepackage{thmtools}

\declaretheoremstyle[%
within=section,%
spaceabove=10mm,%
spacebelow=10mm%,
notefont=\normalfont\itshape,%
notebraces={--~}{},% punctuation before and after the note
]{definitionstyle}
\declaretheorem[style=definitionstyle,name=Definition]{mydef}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\section{foo}

\begin{mydef}[The answer of the universe and everything]
\lipsum[1]
\end{mydef}

\end{document}


• Interesting. What's the difference between \newtheorem and \declaretheorem? – Mirrana Nov 20 '12 at 21:48
• @agent154 \declaretheorem is the main thmtools command; it uses a syntax different from that of \newtheorem. – lockstep Nov 21 '12 at 23:19