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Introduction to. by Arun K. Subramaniyan First things first!. LaTeX pronounced as “ tech ” not like latex gloves! LaTeX is typeset like . What is LaTeX?. TeX. LaTeX. TeX is a typesetter You write and TeX will place it on the page. 2. Unique Advantages of LaTeX.

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Introduction to

by Arun K. Subramaniyan

first things first
First things first!
  • LaTeX pronounced as “tech”
      • not like latex gloves!
  • LaTeX is typeset like
what is latex
What is LaTeX?



  • TeX is a typesetter
    • You write and TeX will place it on the page


unique advantages of latex
Unique Advantages of LaTeX
  • Professional typesetting
    • Best output
  • It is the standard for scientific documents
  • Processing Mathematical (& other) symbols
  • Meaning based structuring (rather than appearance)
  • Knowledgeable and helpful user group
  • Its FREE!
  • Platform independent
disadvantages of using latex
Disadvantages of using LaTeX
  • “Hard to write disorganized documents”*
  • Learning Curve
  • Customizing is tedious.

* Taken verbatim from Not so short introduction to LaTeX

a simple latex document
A Simple LaTeX Document



This is some sample text.


parts of a latex document documentclass
Parts of a LaTeX Document: \documentclass
  • First line of all LaTeX documents
  • Specifies the type of the document






Basic Classes


parts of a latex document environment
Parts of a LaTeX Document: Environment

Start with \begin{. . .}

End with \end{. . .}





parts of a latex document preamble
Parts of a LaTeX Document: Preamble
  • Everything between \documentclass and \begin{document}
  • Use for customizing the formatting

\section{Section Title}




Greek Symbols

\alpha, \beta, \gamma

Superscript, Subscript

x^yx_y x_y^z


\int_0^\infty \int{\int}

\frac{\partial u}{\partial x}

mathematics continued
Mathematics Continued . . .

x = \frac{-b \pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac}} {2a}

figures and tables
Figures and Tables
  • Figures & Tables cannot be broken between pages
  • They are “floated”



\caption{A sample figure.}


cross referencing

\label{marker} \ref{marker} \pageref{marker}



As mentioned in section \ref{intro} in page \pageref{intro}

getting started
Getting Started
  • AAE Computers
    • Use TeXnicCenter – Preinstalled (Windows)
    • Use Emacs – Preinstalled (Unix)
  • Personal Computers
    • Windows
      • TeXnicCenter
      • proTeXt
    • Linux
      • TeXLive
    • Mac
      • LyX & MacTeX
output formats
Output Formats
  • .dvi Device Independent
  • .psPost Script
  • .pdf PDF
  • .rtf Rich Text Format
  • .html HTML
  • .xml XML


final words try it
Final Words: Try it …
  • You have already taken your first step by attending this session.
  • Enjoy writing with LaTeX
  • Spread the joy of using LaTeX.