Advise me on the best way to learn to use LatEX

LatEX help!!

Could anyone advise me on the best way to learn to use LatEX (as it is used on the forum) as I am having quite a bit of difficulty with it!!
Sorry for posting in the Math section but couldn't find a channel dedicated to this kind of troubleshooting.

Cheers

Andrew

dextercioby
Homework Helper

We have a subforum for computer (software included)-related issues. I know of at least two tuturials out there free on the internet (I cannot attach them to this post; they would weigh on the servers(s)). But it's not only the book, but practice is mandatory, too.

Or you can buy a software for which you needn't write the code, but just click on images of the objects you wish to write (about 8-9 years ago I used a version of Scientific WorkPlace).

Zryn
Gold Member

In the 'Forum Feedback and Announcement' part of the 'PF Lounge' is a sticky post with some instructions:

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Fredrik
Staff Emeritus
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A good way to learn is to click the quote button every time you see a post that makes you think "I wonder how he did that". Don't forget that there's a bug that makes the wrong images appear in previews. The only workaround is to refresh and resend after each preview. You may also have to refresh after saving an edit. You can edit your posts for 11 hours and 40 minutes after posting. (If you make major edits after someone has replied, you should add a comment about it so that the next guy doesn't look like he replied to something you never said).

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disregardthat

I entirely agree with Fredrik. From now on try to use latex in your posts, scooping up the latex code you need from other posts on this forum or by googling it. Note that you can see the code of a expression simply by clicking on it. Try: $$\frac{a+b}{c \cdot b}$$. Don't copy-paste, but write it out yourself.

I never used a latex guide, and in my opinion you won't need it if you only want mathematical expressions on a forum. It is much more tedious to study from a tutorial, so let it come naturally by using it immediately instead. Learning new stuff will be much easier after a short while.

Write your code inside the tex brackets. All you need is [ tex] [ /tex] (without the whitespace) to get going. Use the preview button to prevent constant editing.

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