Getting Started with LaTeX

LaTeX is the standard for typesetting mathematical material. Virtually all mathematical books and professional mathematical articles are produced with LaTeX. I use LaTeX for all class handouts, worksheets, exams, and homework assignments. If you want to create professional looking mathematical material for homework, research reports, presentations, you should learn LaTeX. Here are some links to get started:

Installing the TeX Software

To use LaTeX, you will need access to a computer with LaTeX installed (for example, the Engineering Workstations), or download and install a TeX distribution on your own computer. Below are some links. All of these distributions are free; some are large (e.g., the full version of MacTeX is 2.5G), so it's best to do the download while you are on a fast Internet connection. All come with extensive documentation, and the installation and set-up is usually straightforward.

Online Tutorials

Reference Sheets

The following links are excellent "quick guides" and "cheat sheets" that include the most common commands and features of LaTeX on a single sheet. Print out these sheets and have them next to you as you are learning and practicing LaTeX. At the beginning you will frequently run into situations where you don't know, or don't remember, how to do something in LaTeX. Using these "cheat sheets" is the quickest way to find the right command - much quicker than searching online, or searching in a full-length book or tutorial.

Presentations with LaTeX/Beamer

Beamer is the LaTeX version of PowerPoint, and the standard tool for mathematical presentations. Below are some links on getting started with beamer. Most assume some basic familiarity with LaTeX.

Additional Resources and Links


Last modified: Sat 25 Jun 2016 01:28:18 PM CDT A.J. Hildebrand