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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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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

### 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?

• What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG)

• All-in-one document format

• More widely used

### 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

.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

• Collections of macros to extend the functionality:

• Text coloring

• Cell merging in a table

• Special math symbols

• Package Manager by MiKTeX

• To enable a package

• \usepackage{package_name}

### Let’s Write a Paper!

• 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

• \usepackage{amsmath}

• Embedded in text, use $...$:

• Separate paragraph, use or or

• In math mode, sky is the limit!





### 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)

• \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

• LaTeX Cheat sheet

• Wikipedia

• Symbol classifier

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

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

### Cross-reference

• Define

• \label{my_label}

• Reference

• \ref{my_label}

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