LaTeX

LaTeX is a markup language used by much of the mathematics community for creating beautifully typeset documents which include all sorts of mathematical symbols. I encourage (or, in some cases, require) you to try it out!

I’ve put together this page in an attempt to help you get started using LaTeX. If you have suggestions, etc., please feel free to pass them along.

Big Disclaimer: Proceed at your own risk. Some of what appears below is what has worked for me, some is what I hear has worked for others. I make no claim that it will work for you, that the links work, that the programs are bug (or virus) free, etc.

With that out of the way, let’s proceed.

Acquiring LaTeX

In order to use LaTeX, one needs both a typesetting engine and also some program to edit your files with. As is the case for many programming languages, there exist a number of front-end applications which provide a text-editing environment designed to be compatible with LaTeX, and from which you can call the typesetting engine.

The following are “standard” suggestions for typesetting engines and front-end applications. However, many other options exist. You might want to consult the Wikipedia page comparing TeX editors. As is always the case when downloading software to your machine, caveat emptor!

Some basic LaTeX templates

There are many other (likely better) templates available on the web.

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