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    how do you start with LaTeX?

    I have no idea how to use latex here. Do I download it from somewhere?
    I found a latex symbols pdf, but it doesn't really help. I can't find an actual program to download.

    Please help!

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    Re: how do you start with LaTeX?

    Quote Originally Posted by canger View Post
    I have no idea how to use latex here. Do I download it from somewhere?
    I found a latex symbols pdf, but it doesn't really help. I can't find an actual program to download.

    Please help!

    Thanks.
    Hi canger,

    To use LaTeX symbols in this forum you don't need any program. Just write those symbols wrapped in ["tex"]["/tex"] (without the inverted commas) tags.

    For example to produce, \int_{0}^{1}f(x)dx I have to write ["TEX"]\int_{0}^{1}f(x)dx["/TEX"] (without the inverted commas)
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    Re: how do you start with LaTeX?

    Quote Originally Posted by canger View Post
    I have no idea how to use latex here. Do I download it from somewhere?
    I found a latex symbols pdf, but it doesn't really help. I can't find an actual program to download.

    Please help!

    Thanks.
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    Re: how do you start with LaTeX?

    Quote Originally Posted by mathgirl8 View Post
    if you use latex in other places or get examples from other places, they'll use different symbols to indicate the start and end of an expression. here, they use . In other places, they use dollar signs, or even nothing at all. What's important to understand is how to use a symbol you saw on one site on here. Anything with a "\" (backlash) means that it is an escape sequence, and that you have to put it in between your . my favorite place to go is mathurl.com and they provide buttons you can click to get a bunch of math symbols (like systems of equations, the summation notation, etc.) and it'll show you the LaTex as well as what the text will look like once you submit it!
    To get tags to display you need to put them between [noparse][/noparse] tags

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    Re: how do you start with LaTeX?

    what's with the [tex] tags now, they don't seem to work, is there a difference between the [TEX] and [tex] tags
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    Re: how do you start with LaTeX?

    Quote Originally Posted by aonin View Post
    what's with the [tex] tags now, they don't seem to work, is there a difference between the [TEX] and [tex] tags
    Yes. Use [tex] tags.
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