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LaTeX Resources

Math made easy

Prerequisites

  • LaTeX is best known for inserting mathematical commands as it is flexible and does not involve "searching a symbol" process unlike in Word.
  • In order to use mathematical notations, the amsmath package needs to the imported. It can be done with the following command

\usepackage{amsmath}

Mathematical Modes

 INLINE MODE 

  • Enables you to write formulas as a part of the text. For example,

The formula (a + b)2 = a2 + b2 + 2ab is in inline mode.

  • It can be achieved in the following 3 ways
    • Math Environment

                        \begin{math}

             ....

             \end{math}

    • LaTeX Shorthand - \( ... \)
    • TeX Shorthand -  $ ... $

 

DISPLAY MODE 

  • Enables you to write formulas that are not a part of the text/paragraph, thus on a separate line.

The same formula

(a + b)2 = a2 + b2 + 2ab

is in display mode.

  • It can be achieved in the following 3 ways
    • Math Environment

                        \begin{equation}

             ....

             \end{equation}

    • LaTeX Shorthand - \[ ... \]
    • TeX Shorthand -  $$ ... $$

Library Resources

Other Important Resources

The mark-up commands for various mathematical symbols can be found in the below links,

1. http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Wiki/index.php/LaTeX:Symbols

2. http://www.texfaq.org/

Remember: If you are using a mathematical symbol, do not forget to use an environment. If a symbol is used outside an environment, some undesired errors might be received.

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