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# Latex?

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Hi! I know this is an off topic question, but I was wondering if you guys have any tips on learning latex, or know a free course or something on learning latex. I'm really trying to learn and I need some motivation. How did you guys start learning?

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Jun 23, 2020

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This could help: https://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/LaTeX.

I picked up LaTeX because it was much more helpful to learn it for a math class I had to take. I learned it as classes went on, and picked up more symbols, etc. I would just say time is the main factor for learning.

Jun 24, 2020
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hey guest!

latex is pretty hard, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes really easy!

here's a mini guide to latex!

first of all, always surround your latex with dollar signs! cause that's what makes it latex!

to make letters look fancy like this: $$x$$, just surround the letter with $signs. so, the latex for that is$x$. to make fractions like this: $$\frac{1}{2}$$, do$\frac{x}{y}$where x is the numerator and y is the denominator! to make square roots like this: $$\sqrt{2}$$ , do$\sqrt{x}$where x is the value inside of the square root to make powers like this: $$2^3$$, do$2^3\$

i'd say those are the basics for latex and the most commonly used ones!

i hope this helped u! :)

if u need help with any other latex stuff, i'd be glad to help!

Jun 24, 2020
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loki,

The dollar signs are only good if you have a specific extension and, for me that caused problems.

HERE ON THIS FORUM

Just put your latex into the LaTex box (found in the ribbon) and do not use the dollar signs.

Melody  Jun 24, 2020
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Guest,

Try this

Click on the latex box to open it.

Delete what is already in there.

Type in

\frac{2}{3}

in the box below you will see the output presented, press ok and your latex will be displayed on your post.

Just do easy things like this for a while and your confidence and you knowledge will build.

There is a sticky note called     LaTex coding.  You can get some ideas from there.

Also when I write LaTex I often include my coding at the bottom of my post.

It is fun to learn, just start with simple things first.

Try it now.    Try displaying   $$\frac{2}{3}$$    on your own post below mine.

You should become a member then you could give yourself a thread just for your own learning and practice.  Your thread would come up in your own watchlist so it would be easy for you to find.

Jun 24, 2020
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Yep I'm good at latex,

sqrt{x} tuens out as an square rot of x

\cdot or \times comes out as dot formultiplying or an x for for multiplying

\overline{x} makes a line through x

Jun 25, 2020
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also try \begin{document} and \end{document}

jimkey17  Jul 2, 2020
edited by jimkey17  Jul 2, 2020
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\binom makes a binom like this $$\binom xy$$

jimkey17  Jul 2, 2020
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Also \div makes a division sign

Jun 25, 2020