Notes on using Latex
Do I have to use latex?
- Short answer = no.
- Slightly longer answer = no, but your homework has to be typeset.
- Even longer answer = no, but your homework has to be typeset.
- I strongly recommend that you use latex.
- Though it is difficult initially, it is by far the easiest method for producing legible mathematical documents.
- You might try using various word processors (word, libreoffice, openoffice, etc) but I take no responsibility for the pain, suffering and hair loss it might cause.
- There are more wysiwyg (or wysiwym) solutions like texmacs and lyx.
- Another possibility is to use mathml to embedded in a webpage, but I have no idea how practical this is.
- Final answer = I do not mind what you use, as long as the homework you hand in is neatly typeset and easy to read and printed on paper.
Notes on using latex by other people
You don't have to install latex on your computer, instead you can use a number of online tools
These online tools are very good and are probably sufficient for your homework.
If you do wish to install it then there are quite a few options depending on your OS
Please note that I will not be able to help you with installation.
- linux - either texlive or tetex. Both are part of most flavours of linux - how you install them depends on your distribution. You will need an editor too - I use kile, but any text-editor will do.
- mac - TeXShop is a great free latex editor which recommends using TeX Live as the latex back-end. Here is a good howto.
- windows - I have no experience using latex on windows, but miktex is a good option. Here is a good howto.