Alright, so you want to do some LaTeX-ing?

OK, so maybe you have to do some LaTeX-ing. I know. I feel your pain. But honestly, it's good for you! Like brussels sprouts!

No, bear with me on this. It's not as bad as it seems. For some reason people really love to wax philosophic about LaTeX and can write big complicated websites on it. When I learned it, I was like you. All we want are the facts, ma'am. I'll try to cut through some of the cruft.


Here's the stuff you really need to know:
  • WYSIWYG vs WYSIWYW
  • Compiling by hand
  • LaTeX editors (for whimps, don't do this! I won't be able to help you much)
  • Shameless referencing, especially when you've got a template to work off of (it's a good way to learn; see how someone else did things)
  • Symbol reference sheets
  • The important stuff:
    • Lists: \begin{itemize} or \begin{enumerate} and \end{itemize} or \end{enumerate}
      • Each new item has an \item tag
      • Enumerate is the numbered list.
    • Math Mode ($x$ or \[ \] or eqnarray)
    • Equation Arrays: \begin{eqnarray*} \\ \end{eqnarray*}
      • The * suppresses line numbers
      • Need line breaks after every line
      • Use & to line up separate lines
    • Parenthesis: the \left( \right) trick.
    • Proof Trees (for this class)
  • For the future: on writing papers, articles, Bibtex, etc.

See, that wasn't so bad, was it?





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