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    What is LaTex exactly?

    Hello,

    I am a little confused about LaTeX in general, but let me se if I can get this right:

    From what I can understand, it is a way that a user is able to enter mathematical expressions by certain keystrokes, and have them display with some consistency under most platforms.

    Now, it appears to be waay more powerful than this, and I have heard that people can "program" LaTeX? What does that mean exactly?

    I'm just looking for an introduction, or a link to one if necessary.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcom View Post
    Hello,

    I am a little confused about LaTeX in general, but let me se if I can get this right:

    From what I can understand, it is a way that a user is able to enter mathematical expressions by certain keystrokes, and have them display with some consistency under most platforms.

    Now, it appears to be waay more powerful than this, and I have heard that people can "program" LaTeX? What does that mean exactly?

    I'm just looking for an introduction, or a link to one if necessary.

    Thanks!
    Are you looking for something like this: LaTeX - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Yes, actually that is nice, thanks.

    Just wondering mainly, as a high school student, can it provide me with anything special to help in my math courses?
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    My short explanation on LaTex

    LaTex is a tool for producing math notation. For example it can transform x^2 into x^2 (click on the second notation).
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    If you have aspirations to becoming a mathematician or physicist, learn LaTeX! The best way is to simply turn in all your homework in LaTeX format. This advice is particularly useful for an undergraduate who wants an advanced degree with a thesis, but I think it couldn't hurt to learn LaTeX in high school.
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    What is the best way to learn LaTeX to where I can easily write the notation wonderboy posted.

    Is that just a few keystrokes or something like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcom View Post
    What is the best way to learn LaTeX to where I can easily write the notation wonderboy posted.

    Is that just a few keystrokes or something like that?
    There are two stickies with LaTex tutorials at the top.
    Last edited by wonderboy1953; August 11th 2010 at 02:23 PM. Reason: correction
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    LaTeX

    Quote Originally Posted by qcom View Post
    can it provide me with anything special to help in my math courses?
    Here's a list of introductions concerning maths: Mathematics with LaTeX.
    Here are more general tutorials: Introductions and Guides to LaTeX.

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    If you are referring to a "LaTex engine" that will enter the code for you, there is one here:
    Online LaTeX Equation Editor
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