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Introduction to latex workshop

Introduction to LatexWorkshop

November 2006

California State University Northridge

Jennifer Wright

Why use latex
Why use Latex?

  • Compared to WYSIWYG

  • Superior typographical quality

  • Output device independent

  • Portability

  • Document longevity

  • Macros and other programmatic features

  • Mathematical typesetting

Drawbacks of latex
Drawbacks of Latex

  • More moving parts

  • Difficult to remember commands

  • Preview delay

  • Syntax errors

  • Adding new font

What if I wanted to type this in my document


Maybe a schematic

Or a Lemma





  • Two minimum parts needed for a .tex document

    • Preamble

      • Global commands and page layout

    • Body

      • Everything else

  • Example

  • \documentclass{article}

  • \begin{document}

  • \end{document}

First tex document
First .tex Document

  • Start editor

    • TeXnicCenter

  • Type

  • Save

    • E Drive, somename

  • Run –Build, current

    • Latex => PS => PDF

  • View – pdf, dvi, ps

  • \documentclass{article}

  • \begin{document}

  • Type something in the body of the document.

  • \end{document}

The preamble
The Preamble

Some basics in the Preamble

Commonly used document classes documentclass for layout and sectioning
Commonly used Document Classesdocumentclass for layout and sectioning

  • Article: Ideal for a short paper (divided into sections, subsections, etc). Typeset to be printed double-sided.

  • Book: Class to be used to typeset a book (chapters, sections, etc). Typeset to be printed double-sided.

  • Report: (Almost) identical to the book class but for single-sided printing.

  • Other classes include letter, slides, beamer, etc.

Document class options
Document Class Options


  • \documentclass[12pt, twoside, fleqn}{article}

  • %Quick comment - anything after % doesn’t show-up in final document

  • Default - 10pt, one sided, centered equations

  • -Order of options is unimportant



Packages – a set of LaTex commands stored in a file with extension .sty

  • Two packages and their usage – there are hundreds!! :

  • amsmath

    • Adds a variety of typesetting for math beyond basic LaTex

    • Added fonts – provides hundreds of symbols

  • graphicsx

    • Allows basic import of graph pictures

\usepackage{amscd, amsmath, amsthm, amssymb}


Page Formatting in Preamble

  • \pageheight, \pagewidth - Height and width of the page to create (i.e. size of paper you'd print on).

  • \topmargin - Margin at top of page above all printing. Add 1 inch (so that, for example, setting \topmargin to 0.25in would produce a top margin of 1.25 inches).

  • \evensidemargin - Left margin on even numbered pages. Add 1 inch (as with \topmargin).

  • \oddsidemargin - Left margin on odd numbered pages. Add 1 inch (as with \topmargin).

  • \headheight - Height of the header (the header is text that appears atop all pages).

  • \headsep - Distance from bottom of header to the body of text on a page.

  • \topskip - Distance from top of main text box to the baseline of the first line of text in the main text box.

  • \textheight, \textwidth - Height and width of main text box.

  • \footskip - Distance from bottom of body to the bottom of the footer (the footer is the text at the bottom of each page).

  • \parskip - Distance between paragraphs.

  • \parindent - Amount of indentation at the first line of a paragraph.

Example preamble
Example Preamble


\pagestyle{empty} % this is mostly for headers and footers

%options: empty, plain, headings, myheadings

\topmargin= -0.25in %plus 1inch

\oddsidemargin= -0.25in %plus 1inch

\evensidemargin= -0.25in %plus 1inch



\parindent= -.5in %paragraph indent

%\noindent, \indent

\usepackage{amsmath, amssymb}



Testing different styles of page set-up


The Body!

Anatomy of Article Class

Title page option top matter
Title Page Option – Top Matter



\title{How to Start a Latex File – or whatever you want to call you paper}

\author{Your Name\\

School CSUN\\




this is a test


[titlepage] option creates a separate page for the title

The \\ double backslashes indicate a new line

\date{you can put anything here}

\maketitle, to create the title page

Adding the Abstract:


This abstract is just 6 words long


Equation display
Equation Display

Math equations in a sentence using $ $

My first integral: $ \int x^2 dx $

Math equations independent using \[ \] or $$ $$

My first integral: \[ \int x^2 dx \]

Some Others:

\begin{math} x^2 \end{math}

\begin{displaymath} some ~ math ~ thing \end{displaymath}

\begin{equation} equation ~ is ~ numbered \end{equation}

\begin{eqnarray} spaces ~ aren’t ~ noticed \end{eqnarray}

Spacing in math mode as well as regular mode
Spacing in Math Modeas well as regular mode

$$ \begin{aligned} x+y \\ x+\,y \\ x+~ y \\ x+\:y \\ x+\;y\\ x+\quad y\\ x+\qquad y \\ x+\!y \\ \end{aligned} $$

Example section and subsections
Example Section and Subsections

\section{1st Section}This is the first section. $a^2 + b^2 = c^2$

\subsection{1st Subsection}First subsection. \[ \sqrt{4}=2 \]

\paragraph{Paragraph} A notable paragraph, maybe.

\subparagraph{Subparagraph}Notable, maybe not.

\section{2nd Section}

\subsection{ 2nd Subsection}

Adding a Bibliography:

Try this \cite{test} reference.

%put this in the body


%put this at the end of the document before it ends

\bibitem{test} Jens test, Latex Workshop, November 2006.


I need some space
I Need Some Space!

\begin{document}This is a sample to illustrates how \LaTeX\ treats space.\end{document}

What happens?

Basically, all the spacing is ignored, except new paragraph indent

\hspace – horizontal spacing of your choice

\vspace – vertical spacing of your choice, need line space after command

I \hspace{2in} like \hspace{1in} space.\vspace{.5in}

In every direction.

I\hfill like a lot of\hfill space.\vfillIn every direction.

\hfil – uses as much horizontal space as possible on the page

\vfil – uses as much vertical space

Using \\ forces a line beak \\[10cm]

Use ~ stops from being broken across lines and adds a space. Ex: Prof.~Horn




There are more space options

Font size and style
Font Size and Style

Exercise in size:

When I was born, I was {\tiny tiny}. When I got older, I thought some day I would be {\Huge huge}. But instead, {\small I'm still small.}

From smallest to largest


\tiny \scriptsize\footnotesize \small\normalsize \large\Large \LARGE\huge \Huge

\emph{text} – italicizes the text

\textbf{text} – bold face

\underline{text} - underline

\textsl{text} – slant

- And on and on

Exercise in style:

When something is \emph{really}, \textbf{really} important, you can \underline{underline it}. If you \underline{\textbf{\emph{must do all three}}}, then you can nest them.

Justification centering etc
Justification - Centering, etc.

\begin{flushleft} I feel skewed\end{flushleft}

\begin{flushright} I feel off center \end{flushright}

We can center text using -

\begin{center} I’m Well Balanced\end{center}

We can justify it left or right with -

Itemize list
Itemize list

If I want a list with numbers


\item $b\in B$

\item $2^{\alpha}$


If I want a list with bullets


\item $\int_3^{t}xdx$

\item $\sum_{i=0}^n i$


If I want a list with titles of my choice


\item[1st option] $\frac{1}{2}$

\item[2nd option] $\sqrt{\pi}$


Simply Math Formulas








$\int^t_0 xdx$


$\int xdx$

$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty n$


I(z) = \sim (\frac{\pi}{2} z^2 ) \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{(-1)^n \pi^{2n}}{1 \cdot 3 \cdots (4n+1) } z^{4n+1}-\cos(\frac{\pi}{2} z^2) \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{(-1)^n \pi^{2n+1}}{1\cdot 2 \cdots (4n+1)}z^{4n+3}\end{equation}

\[\sum_{p_1<p_2<\cdots,p_{n-k}}^{(1,2,\ldots,n)}\Delta_{\begin{array}{l}p_1p_2\cdots p_{n-k}\\p_1p_2\cdots p_{n-k}\end{array}} \sum_{q_1<q_2<\cdots q_k}\left |\begin{array}{llcl}a_{q_1q_1} &a_{q_1q_2} & \cdots & a_{q_1q_k}\\

a_{q_2q_1} &a_{q_2q_2} & \cdots & a_{q_2q_k}\\


a_{q_kq_1} &a_{q_kq_2} & \cdots & a_{q_kq_k}\\

\end{array}\right| \]

\[\begin{CD} p_{n-k}\\p_1p_2\cdots p_{n-k}\end{array}} \sum_{q_1<q_2<\cdots q_k}\left |\begin{array}{llcl}a_{q_1q_1} &a_{q_1q_2} & \cdots & a_{q_1q_k}\\

\mathbb{C} @>H_{1}>> \mathbb{C} @>>H_{2}>> \mathbb{C}\\

@VP_{c,3}VV @VP_{\bar{c},3}VV @VVP_{-c,3}V\\

\mathbb{C} @>H_{1}>> \mathbb{C} @>>H_{2}>> \mathbb{C}\\



Theorems and axioms
Theorems and Axioms p_{n-k}\\p_1p_2\cdots p_{n-k}\end{array}} \sum_{q_1<q_2<\cdots q_k}\left |\begin{array}{llcl}a_{q_1q_1} &a_{q_1q_2} & \cdots & a_{q_1q_k}\\

\newtheorem{theorem}{Name Theorem}

% type in preamble

\begin{theorem}[Weierstrass] Every $\cdots$ \end{theorem} % type in body

\begin{theorem}[2nd Theorem] Every $\cdots$ \end{theorem} % type in body


% type in preamble

\begin{axiom}[Test]Every $\cdots$ \end{axiom}

% type in body

\begin{lemma} p_{n-k}\\p_1p_2\cdots p_{n-k}\end{array}} \sum_{q_1<q_2<\cdots q_k}\left |\begin{array}{llcl}a_{q_1q_1} &a_{q_1q_2} & \cdots & a_{q_1q_k}\\

Let $\Theta$ be a complete congruence relation of $D^{\langle 2 \rangle}$ such that \begin{equation}\label{E:rigid}\langle 1, d \rangle \equiv \langle 1, 1 \rangle \pmod{\Theta}, \end{equation} for some $d \in D$ with $d < 1$. Then $\Theta =\iota$. \end{lemma}