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Use LaTeX for Mathematics
Authored by: googoo on Feb 18, '11 08:53:46AM
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

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Use LaTeX for Mathematics
Authored by: hamarkus on Feb 18, '11 10:34:39AM
I was about to say the same, nothing is easier as this:
$\pi$


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Use LaTeX for Mathematics
Authored by: dom on Feb 18, '11 11:35:32PM

uh, I think option-p is easier than $\pi$



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Use LaTeX for Mathematics
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Feb 18, '11 10:55:14AM

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
Authored by: dschneiderch on Feb 18, '11 01:07:52PM

LaTeX is not useful to students if professors expect papers in .docx for editing and journals/conferences expect submissions in .docx



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Use LaTeX for Mathematics
Authored by: Jamin on Feb 21, '11 09:41:53AM
An even handier solution than the full-blown 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.

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Use LaTeX for Mathematics
Authored by: smosit on Feb 22, '11 07:25:03AM

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:

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Mathematics

it's very helpful for learning the necessary syntax.



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