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In this workshop I look to introduce people to typesetting with LaTeX. LaTeX is a system that allows one to write complex documents in a simple manner.
As a mathematician, I like it because it makes it very simple to write formulas. As an example, typing
$x^2$ gets rendered as \(x^2\).
In a mathematics course it turns out to be very helpful to know how to use LaTeX decently. The workshop just gives an overview of the type of things that can be done and that maths, physics, and other students eventually need to use.
Even so, the usefulness of LaTeX goes well beyond mathematics students/mathematicians, and authors across all sciences use LaTeX to write their articles, reports and other written documents. LaTeX is also commonly used to write Msc. and PhD. thesis.
The content of the workshop revolves around giving working knowledge of how to write a LaTeX document from the ground up. Refer to the template pdf to see exactly the commands/environments/... that are covered.
Here is what some people had to say about the contents of the workshop and the way I led it:
“An excelent introduction to LaTeX, in a friendly environment, with time to introduce not only the basics but also the important and useful details.” — António Figueiras
“Explained objectively and with very interesting tips. Simple language and concrete examples.” — Carolina Salvador
“The information provided was relevant and will be useful for my degree, it was given in a way that was easy to understand and laid the foundations to work with LaTeX.” — Anonymous
Besides sharing a complete template with everything we cover in the workshop (and more!), I always point the students to these really helpful resources: