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## #26 2007-03-31 12:00:26

justlookingforthemoment
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

I suppose the logic is that when people first join, they see this thread.

Where do you think it should go? Help Me?

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## #27 2007-03-31 12:11:43

Zhylliolom
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

I do understand that logic, but then again I don't think the first thing on people's minds when they join is "how do I use LaTeX?" Only a small percent of the members seem to use it. It does make more sense to have it in the Help Me section, as I see a good amount of people who ask "how do I do that" when they are trying to type in their problems. Maybe we should have a vote to see where everyone thinks it should be.

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## #28 2007-04-01 17:16:58

justlookingforthemoment
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

I think this thread is probably better in Help Me than here. To move or not to move, that is the question?

And also, should this be a clean thread or should we keep the discussion too?

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## #29 2007-04-01 18:09:17

Zhylliolom
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

In my opinion a sticky like this should just have the essentials, no extra conversation. Some posts in here are good and constructive and display some LaTeX not in the opening post, but there are also some posts which are worthless and contribute nothing. If someone wants to learn how to do something with LaTeX here they shouldn't have to sort through the extra junk. Perhaps the initial post should start with an index so topics are easier to find and users who know some LaTeX know if there is something missing that they can contribute.

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## #30 2007-04-05 02:52:18

Stanley_Marsh
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

yeah ,right . Move it.

Numbers are the essence of the Universe

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## #31 2007-04-05 11:21:33

justlookingforthemoment
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

Okay, I've deleted some posts in this thread, just to get started.

I think we're moving, too ...

I'll move it to 'Help Me' and we can have a trial period! If it doesn't work/fit, we'll just come back to 'Introductions'.

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## #32 2007-04-05 11:32:37

Stanley_Marsh
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

I think the title should be changed a little bit , Cuz , ppl dont understand when they first see it.

Numbers are the essence of the Universe

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## #33 2007-04-05 11:41:24

justlookingforthemoment
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

Changed to ... ?

Suggestions?

Dross, what do you think?

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## #34 2007-04-05 11:47:01

Stanley_Marsh
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

I don't have any idea tho , when I first saw the thread I had no idea it's talking about how to type math , so I am not sure ppl can understand.

Numbers are the essence of the Universe

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## #35 2007-04-05 12:51:02

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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

Something like "How to Display Formulas Using LaTeX - A Crash Course" ... ?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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## #36 2007-04-05 14:10:26

Stanley_Marsh
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

Or Mathematic Input language.

Numbers are the essence of the Universe

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## #37 2007-04-28 06:04:48

catgirl
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

How in the world do you get those cool patterns on the bottom of the screen?(tell me in 5 hrs. i'm taking a nap:D)

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## #38 2007-07-08 03:07:29

shocamefromebay
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

is there a way to draw geometric shapes using latex?

like circles, triangles, squares or even 3d figues?

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## #39 2007-07-08 03:10:07

Ricky
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

Nope.  You can however create such an image in another program and display it in a LaTeX created document.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #40 2007-07-22 07:11:28

shocamefromebay
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

is tehre  a way to dl the latex interpreter from this forum?cuz all the other latex thingies on the internet that i have found i cant figure out how to work em

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## #41 2007-07-22 10:49:06

Ricky
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

http://miktex.org/2.6/Setup.aspx

Then you typically work with something called an IDE (integrated development environment).  I use http://www.toolscenter.org/ though I think there are better ones out there.

When you install this, it is going to ask you for the path to the binaries (executables).  The default path should be C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.5\miktex\bin

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #42 2007-07-22 12:35:52

shocamefromebay
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

yes i alrdy looked into that and i have miktex
and i have troubleusing it tho
ok first i no u make a .TEX file using a text editor
but then it says to compile it into a .DVI
but i dont know how to do that
can anyone help?

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## #43 2007-07-22 12:43:58

Ricky
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

Did you read the rest of my post?  Things become much easier once you get an IDE.  I strongly recommend doing so.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #44 2007-07-22 13:19:52

shocamefromebay
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

i think i have an IDE
i have winshell
but i still have no idea how to use it
and the help manuals arent so helpful
what do u use as an IDE

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## #45 2007-07-22 13:54:08

Ricky
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

Ricky wrote:

Then you typically work with something called an IDE (integrated development environment).  I use http://www.toolscenter.org/ though I think there are better ones out there.

When you install this, it is going to ask you for the path to the binaries (executables).  The default path should be C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.5\miktex\bin

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #46 2007-10-18 04:47:19

TomHawk
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

When I receive the LaTex images, they appear rough/grainy to a point that I am unable to read them.  Do I need a special graphics setting?  They come out okay when printed.  Just can't see them on my monitor.

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## #47 2007-11-25 08:18:53

mikau
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

don't mind me, i'm just practicing.

Last edited by mikau (2008-04-20 11:35:58)

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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## #48 2007-11-25 09:54:19

Ricky
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

I wouldn't recommend practicing there.  Eventually this thread will get cleaned up, hopefully over my winter break.  I would recommend practicing in the Members Only section.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #49 2007-11-25 10:11:56

mathsyperson
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

Then again, there's no problem as long as you don't want to keep your practices for ever.
If you just wanted to see if your code worked then here's fine. (Or, even better, hit preview instead of submit)

Jane's trick with the double-dollars seems a bit temperamental.
For example:

1+$$\frac{3}{4}$$ -->

but
$$\frac{3}{4}$$+1 -->

Does anyone know exactly what needs to be done to make this work?

Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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## #50 2007-11-25 10:48:50

Ricky
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### Re: LaTeX - A Crash Course

A space after the last dollar sign.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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