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Academic Writing Using LaTeX. Michael Boyer Chris Gregg Jiawei Huang University of Virginia 04/24/2012. What is LaTeX?. LaTeX is a typesetting system. LaTeX Source File. PDF. LaTeX Compiler. Brief History. TeX released by Donald Knuth in 1978 LaTeX released by Leslie Lamport in 1985.

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Academic writing using latex

Academic Writing Using LaTeX

Michael Boyer

Chris Gregg

Jiawei Huang

University of Virginia

04/24/2012


What is latex

What is LaTeX?

LaTeX is a typesetting system

LaTeX Source File

PDF

LaTeX Compiler


Brief history

Brief History

  • TeX released by Donald Knuth in 1978

  • LaTeX released by Leslie Lamport in 1985


Why use latex

Why Use LaTeX?

  • Looks better

    • Especially math

  • Separation of content & formatting

  • More flexible

  • Easier concurrent editing

  • Easier citations

  • More widely available

  • Free (as in beer)

  • Free (as in speech)


Why use word

Why Use Word?

  • What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG)

  • All-in-one document format

  • More widely used


Workshop outline

Workshop Outline

  • What is LaTeX and why use it?

  • High-level workflow

  • How to write a paper

    • Equations

    • Figures & Tables

    • Citations

    • Packages

  • Compiling

  • Useful tools


Steps to produce a pdf using latex

Steps to Produce a PDF Using LaTeX

.tex

(input file)

.bib

(bibliographic file)

.sty

(style file)

.eps

(graphics file)

latex

.dvi

(typeset file)

packages

pdflatex

\usepackage{color}

\usepackage{amsmath}

\usepackage{multirow}

\usepackage{graphicx}

\usepackage{subfigure}

...

dvips

.ps

(postscript file)

ps2pdf

.pdf

(output file)


Packages

Packages

  • Collections of macros to extend the functionality:

    • Text coloring

    • Cell merging in a table

    • Special math symbols

  • Download from www.ctan.org

    • Package Manager by MiKTeX

  • To enable a package

    • \usepackage{package_name}


Let s write a paper

Let’s Write a Paper!

  • Download author kits from the conference website:

    • www.cs.virginia.edu/~jh3wn/latex-> ISCA2012.zip

  • Web-based LaTeX editor/compiler:

    • http://www.scribtex.com/

    • Create a project “ISCA”, upload the .zip file


Math 1

Math 1

  • \usepackage{amsmath}

  • Embedded in text, use $...$:

  • Separate paragraph, use or or

  • In math mode, sky is the limit!

$$

$$

\[

\]

\begin{equation}

\end{equation}


Math 2 in math mode

Math 2 (in math mode)

  • Super/subscript

    • x^{2} ->

    • x_{0} ->

  • Fractions, square root, etc.

    • \frac{x+1}{x-1} ->

    • \sqrt{x} ->

    • \sin{\theta} ->

  • Greek letters

    • \alpha ->

  • Operators

    • \times ->

    • \le ->

  • Normal text

    • y=x\mbox{ if and only if }x<0

->


Math 3 in math mode

Math 3 (in math mode)

  • \usepackage{amssymb}

  • Equation array (multiline equations):

Practice

e = \lim_{n\to\infty} \left( 1 + \frac{1}{n} \right)^n

\begin{align*}

[A]&=[2x]=[-2,2]\\

[B]&=[x^2+1]=[1,2]\\

[A+B]&=[-2,2]+[1,2]=[-1,4]

\end{align*}

\begin{align}

...

\end{align}

Numbered

Un-numbered


Math 4

Math 4

  • LaTeX Cheat sheet

  • Wikipedia

  • Symbol classifier

    • Detexify http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html

    • Equation editor http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php


Cross reference

Cross-reference

  • Define

    • \label{my_label}

  • Reference

    • \ref{my_label}

  • Use with chapters, sections, tables, figures, equations, etc.


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