Well, the interest in a TeX group seems to be dying out. I have a page from a Calculus book to practice duplicating in TeX if anyone is interested.  In the meantime I'll be happy to answer your TeX questions or point you to someone else who can.

Fundamental Theorem of Calculus from Anton, Bivens, Davis

We will meet again on Thursday, October 3, 3:30-4:30 in STRGT 220.  There is no agenda, just bring your questions.  If there are no questions I will show you some things I came across in my early "TeX-ing."

Baby Steps

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If you are serious about learning TeX/LaTeX you might want to consider the wonderful book More Math into LaTeX (4th ed.) by George Gratzer.  It is $57 at Amazon and might be worth your while if you want to be come a serious TeX user.  From time to time I will follow things in it and pass them along to you.

Copy and paste this into your editor:


The hypotenuse is $\sqrt{a^{2}+b^{2}}$

A source file is made up of text, math (e.g. $\sqrt{5}$, and \emph{ instructions to}\LaTeX.


As you can see, you have regular text, math (set off by dollar signs) and instructions to TeX, started by a backslash.  You can see what the above instructions do.

My first question?  What about a line break?

\newline or \\

Second question.  What if I do not want an indentation at the beginning?





The hypotenuse is $\sqrt{a^{2}+b^{2}}$\\

A source file is made up of text, math (e.g. $\sqrt{5}$, and \emph{ instructions to}\LaTeX.


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Next "Assignment"

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Take an old homework assignment or a paragraph from your favorite book, and see if you can reproduce it.

Google is your friend.  PC users may want to look at

Mac users might want to look at
Eventhough he says "lah tex instead of "lay tex" ;-)

How do you find math symbols?  See an earlier post Ted Sundstrom's LaTeX Blog Entry or http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Mathematics
or use Google.

Ted Sundstrom is a Math professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan and he introduces LaTeX in his introduction to proof class. He has a blog for his class.  In his blog post of 09/05/13 he has a link to his LaTeX handout that you might find useful.


Getting TeX: Downloading

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There are many versions of TeX and places to download TeX.  We will concentrate on MiKTeX (for Windows users) and MacTeX for Mac users.There are links to both at CTAN, the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network:  http://www.ctan.org/starter.  Another useful site is the TeX Users Group page: http://www.tug.org/

If you bring your laptop, we will go through these installations at the first meeting.  They are both pretty darn easy.

Each installation includes a text editor: TeXworks for Windows and TeXshop for Mac.

After we get everyone up and running, we will play around and create some basic mathematics documents.

First Meeting

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The first meeting of "Learn TeX with Dr. Stoudt" will be on Tuesday, September 17, at 8:00pm in STRGT 202.  If you have a laptop, bring it along.  We will discuss installing TeX.

Learn TeX

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Back in graduate school, many years ago, I used AMS-TeX.  After coming to IUP I found it easier to just use Word and the MathType extension, so my TeX skills faded to almost nothing.  After my daughter picked up TeX very quickly at college, I decided to re-learn TeX, and ask students to come along for the ride.

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