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Transportation: Activated

It has been a while since I last posted on here. I have been studying, although nowhere near as much as I should have. This, hopefully, should change starting from tomorrow.

I have purchased… wait for it… a bicycle! For a staggering £25.00 I bought a mountain bike that is sized for a 14-16 year old, which is a little too small for me but this was all my budget could afford (I do somewhat resemble a clown on a small bike). This will allow me to start going to the bigger and better library that is open 6 days a week and has a much better selection of physics and math books! I am yet to time how long the journey will take one way, but right now I am guessing around 30 minutes, which is in my opinion a very good workout.

Speaking of the library, I will be studying there for the majority of the winter sunlight hours ($\pm$10am to 5pm or 7pm depending on that days closing time). This brings up a new challenge; lunch. I will have to prepare something to eat while I am there. It has to be cheap, filling and able to survive the journey there (and perhaps a little heat). Right now I am testing baguette as they are cheap, filling and can be made to taste different with different fillings.

Other than that, I am a fair bit behind where I should be in my study schedule, but I am hoping that this new plan will correct that in a very short amount of time.

LaTeX Typesetting

For those who do not know, I decided to make this post.

LaTeX (often written as $\LaTeX$) is a professional-grade mathematical typeset used in most academic papers. It is also used on most websites and forums, including wordpress.com.

To include an equation in LaTeX is easy and simple, all that you need to do is use the tags:
$latex equation$ (without the space between the \$ and latex)

An example of LaTeX in action:

$x={-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}$  (Quadratic formula)

The code for the above example is “x={-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}” which you can also check by hovering your mouse over the image and the tool-tip will give you the code used to generate the image.

As you can see, it is a very useful tool to have. It makes explaining things on forums and websites much, much easier.

http://www.andy-roberts.net/writing/latex/mathematics_1
http://www.andy-roberts.net/writing/latex/mathematics_2

And here is a list of the codes that can be used:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Displaying_a_formula

Categories: maths, science