The SOMAFigure books

When you are using the SOMA figure books, you will notice that the screen is divided in 3 parts.

• The Left strip will tell you the color and number assigned to each piece.
At the top you find a button to return you to the SOMA main page, where you may then select the next book.
• The Top-Right section is where you find your figure, use the up/down functions to scroll this section.
Observe that the document contain both the figures and their solutions, so if you scroll too far down, you will come to the solutions part.
Below each figure is its name, and when you click on that name, the solution of the figure will appear in the screen section below.

At the top of this page you find 3 buttons with the following functions
Will show the datascreen alone, without frames, which is nice if you want to print the texts.
Will bring you back to the split screen.
Is your way back to the SOMA main page. The same as you find on the color bar, but you need this button if you are running the text without frames.
• The Bottom-Right section is where the solutions will appear. If you feel that the size is either too small or too large, then point at the horizontal separation line and pull it up or down, untill it fits your taste.

Notation for SOMA Solutions

```  TOP        MIDDLE      BOTTOM
4  5  2     7  5  5     7  7  6   BACK
4  1  2     4  6  5     7  6  6
1  1  2     4  3  2     3  3  3   FRONT
```

The diagrams above show, for example, that the T-shaped piece #3 is sitting at the bottom front, with three of its cubes on the bottom, and its single fourth cube sticking up into the front of the middle level. The three unit piece #1 lies entirely in the top level. With practice, it will become easy to visualize how a cube is constructed from a diagram, and to record your solutions with similar diagrams.

Here's a hint

 If you too have trouble remembering which one is no 5 and which is no 6, then use my rules of thumb's; The figures have shapes like hands, and we read from left to right, so count left=5 and right=6. Of course if you are Arab or chinese, who read from other directions, you have to use some other rule.