Learning Latex: Installation & Usage

In summary, you can use latex if you have a computer that runs Windows 2000 or later and an editor. You will need to download the files and install the program. You can find tutorials on the internet to help you start using the program.
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Use of "Latex"

Hi,

I want to use Latex.I never heard about latex before.

If it runs on my computer:

1)Where can I download the files I need.

2)How to install

3)Where can I find the source code for writing the mathematical expressions.


My computer:

O.S/:Windows 2000,service pack 4,windows installer 3.1

Mem: 256 MB

Thank you.
 
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MikTeX is about the most well-known and easy installable LaTeX distributions for Windows: http://miktex.org/
You will want an editor to edit your files and quickly produce PDF files from them with a single click / shortcut. I wrote my own one, but I think WinEdt is a famous one. Or you can just use Windows Notepad and invent your own system to easily run the sources through LaTeX.

To learn the structure / syntax / etc I can really recommend the NSSITL.
 
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use of latex

hi,

I have downloaded miktex 2.7(basic) and AMS latex.

They are both installed,but how I start the two programs,and write math.expressions.

I know maybe it is easy,but for me everything is new.

Thanks for your help
 
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Just google 'introduction to latex' there are many pages explaining how to do this, and many books available to help you. There are tex user groups (TUG) to help you, and even good old fashioned newsgroups dedicated to the enterprise.
 
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yes, best way to learn is to get texmaker or winedt or similar (I prefer texmaker).

Then just google "introduction to latex" and you'll find plenty of tutorials. There are many ways to create pdf and ps documents by using LaTeX so try to use texmaker as much as possible in the beginning.

Then it is easy to find example files etc. so you can get started quick.

I taught myself in this way, everything is on the internet.

miktex is not a program itself, one needs an environment to create latex documents, or you just create -tex files with your favorite editor and compile it in dos.
 
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Hi,

thank you very much.I try it out.
 
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HI,

I start to understand the structure of latex.Icreated my first latex file with an editor.

I runned latex on the tex file and I got dvi file.With preview I could see the text in ps or Pdf.

It was a downloaded example.

Now:
1)I run latex from from the prompt c:\ you click in windows on cmd
2)can you start latex in an other way
3)you get always a DVI file as output

Thanks
 
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You can run dvips on the DVI file, and then ps2pdf to get a PDF.
But if you want to produce PDF (which I think is most common these days), instead of using "latex" on your input file, you run it through "pdflatex" and get PDF right away.
 

1. What is LaTeX and why is it used for scientific writing?

LaTeX is a typesetting language used for creating high-quality documents, particularly in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. It is preferred by scientists because it allows for precise formatting and equations, making it easier to create professional-looking documents.

2. How do I install LaTeX on my computer?

The installation process for LaTeX varies depending on your operating system. For Windows users, you can download and install a distribution such as MiKTeX or TeX Live. For Mac users, you can download MacTeX. Linux users can install TeX Live through their package manager. Once the distribution is installed, you can use a text editor or a LaTeX-specific editor to write your documents.

3. What are the basic commands for writing in LaTeX?

LaTeX uses commands and environments to format text. Some basic commands include \documentclass, which specifies the type of document you are creating, \begin{document} and \end{document}, which mark the beginning and end of the document, and \section{} and \subsection{}, which create headings. There are also commands for formatting text, creating lists, and inserting images and tables.

4. How do I include equations in my LaTeX document?

LaTeX has a built-in equation editor that allows you to easily create complex mathematical equations. You can use the equation environment or the shorthand notation, $$...$$, to display equations. You can also use various symbols and functions to create equations, such as \frac{}{}, which creates a fraction, or \sqrt{} which creates a square root.

5. Can I collaborate with others on a LaTeX document?

Yes, LaTeX supports collaboration through version control systems such as Git or through online platforms like Overleaf. These tools allow multiple users to work on the same document simultaneously and track any changes made. This is especially useful for group projects or when working with co-authors on a scientific paper.

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