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LaTeX Typesetting

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

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.

Some basic tutorials to start with:
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

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