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The CD also includes an index for the content of the book and the CD Sections. Index entries refer to content by page number.
The material in the printed book and on this CD uses a numbering scheme designed to allow you identify where to locate the material.
Pages in the book are numbered sequentially (1, 2, 3, ...). Pages in sections on the CD are numbered according to their section. For example, in CD Section 1.7, the pages are numbered 1.7-1, 1.7-2, and so on.
So if you see a simple page number, you know to look for the page in the book. If you see a page number of the form x.y-z, you know to look in Section x.y on the CD for page z.
Figures are also numbered differently in the book and on the CD. In the book, figures are numbered with the chapter number and a sequential figure number. For example, in Chapter 1, figures are numbered 1.1, 1.2, and so on. On the CD, figures are numbered with the section number and a sequential figure number within that section. For example, in CD Section 6.7, figures are numbered 6.7.1, 6.7.2, and so on.
So if you see a figure number for the form x.y, you know to look in Chapter x in the book for the y'th figure. If you see a figure number of the form x.y.z, you know to look in Section x.y on the CD for the z'th figure.
The exercises for each chapter are located in a numbered section of that chapter. Each exercise is numbered with the chapter number and a sequential exercise number. For example, in Chapter 2, exercises are numbered 2.1, 2.2, and so on. In More Depth (IMD) and For More Practice (FMP) exercises are listed in the book, referring to the detailed descriptions on the CD.
Pages of the IMD and FMP sections are numbered as for CD Sections, but prefixed with "IMD" and "FMP", respectively. For example, in Chapter 2, exercises appear in Section 2.20. So IMD pages are numbered IMD 2.20-1, IMD 2.20-2, and so on. FMP pages are numbered FMP 2.20-1, FMP 2.20-2, and so on.
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This CD was developed by Ashenden Designs: Peter Ashenden (CD Editor) and Matt Lowry (Web Developer).
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