
Use LaTeX for Mathematics
It is nice to have access to special characters for occasional use, but LaTeX is the way to go to typeset mathematical equations. There is a great (and free) Mac implementation of LaTeX available at http://www.tug.org/mactex/.
Mark
Use LaTeX for Mathematics
I was about to say the same, nothing is easier as this:
Use LaTeX for Mathematics
uh, I think optionp is easier than $\pi$
Use LaTeX for Mathematics
Absolutely agree, it's amazing how many students fiddle with Pages/Word when they could live happy lives using LaTeX. 
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Use LaTeX for Mathematics
LaTeX is not useful to students if professors expect papers in .docx for editing and journals/conferences expect submissions in .docx
Use LaTeX for Mathematics
An even handier solution than the fullblown LaTeX solution is to use LaTeXiT (standard in the mactex package mentioned above) an awesome little app that lets you not bother with all the details like the LaTeX headers and \begin{document} and all that, but instead just type in an equation and then typeset, and it gives you a beautiful little pdf (or jpeg or tiff or a variety of other formats) that has been cropped right down to your equation. This is how I put every equation and nearly every greek character into my slides.
Use LaTeX for Mathematics
agreed. i just started using LaTeXiT a month or so ago for doing my calculus homework.. it's great! no set of keyboard shortcuts is going to create the kind of complex equations that i have to type up. here's link to a wikibooks page: 
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