Crash Course in LaTeX

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When I started graduate school, I heard about this way to type documents with lots of math symbols. I heard different names: TeX, LaTeX, AMS-TeX, AMS-LaTeX, maybe others. I had no idea how to use these tools, and I had no idea where to look for a basic introduction. I eventually got a sample quiz from a friend (Tim Huber), a book from the local mega book store, and I sat down and taught myself. This was the hard way to learn LaTeX.

There are plenty of resources for LaTeX. Most seem to be written like UNIX documentation: by people who enjoy computers for other people who enjoy computers. While I enjoy working with computers, most people just want to get their work done. On the other hand, LaTeX is not for the computer-phobe. If you are not comfortable finding files you have saved on your computer, go get more familiar with your comptuer's operating system (Windows, OS X, or UNIX) and come back later.

Hopefully, this site will get you up and running with LaTeX. If you find this site useful, please let me know: latex [at] haptonstahl < dot > org

Standard dislaimer: This crash course is still being developed. Enough is here to get you started, but I'm still working on some of the pages. Feedback is welcome and appreciated. However, if advice given here leads to a tragic typesetting accident, you're on your own.

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