Layout for coursework?

1. Jan 26, 2012

rollcast

Not sure if this is the right section but it seemed the most appropriate.

I'm typing up my chemistry coursework and I'm using Word with the Microsoft Mathematics Add On to make my formula's look better.

Do the left/right margins look right or should I make them larger?

If you have any other suggestions fire away with them.

Thanks
AL

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2. Jan 26, 2012

Margins are fine IMO ... but I think that your chemical formulas should not be italicized. i.e.

this:
$\text{Mg} + 2\text{H} \rightarrow \text{stuff}$

$Mg + 2H \rightarrow stuff$

I am not sure what the easiest way to do this is. I think you need to go to Style -> Text or something like that. There might be a keyboard shortcut to it as well.

3. Jan 26, 2012

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Does the formatting matter as long as your formulae are correct? It sure looks nicer than the hand written work turned in when I was a student, or trying to type equation on a typewriter for formal reports. Unless you're told otherwise, worry about accuracy rather than wasting time on fonts and margins.

4. Jan 26, 2012

micromass

Use LaTeX (sorry, couldn't resist)

5. Jan 26, 2012

Use lipstick and a mirror ... that'll really freak your classmates out. Just be sure to breathe really heavily while taking notes. :uhh:

6. Jan 26, 2012

micromass

Or just take red ink (that looks like blood) and write "REDRUM" a hundred times on your paper. That'll be sure to give you attention.