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Introduction to LaTeX

LaTeX is the gold standard for document preparation in academia. In this two-hour, single-session IAP event we saw how easy it is to make professional-looking papers and résumés; got you typesetting math like a pro; and finished by examining Beamer, a powerful LaTeX extension for creating slideshow presentations.

Introduction to LaTeX was not held on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 due to inclement weather. A makeup session was held on Wednesday, January 26 at 6:00 pm.

Date and time: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 5–7 pm
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 5–7 pm
Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 6–8 pm
(essentially identical content was presented at each session)
Location: 1-115 (room has Athena workstations for in-class practice)
Prerequisites: none; registration was not required
Contact: Benjamin Barenblat, sipb-iap-latex@mit.edu

Course materials

The presentation from the January 12 class is now available for download below. Additionally, the sample document the presentation mentions is available for download both below and on last year's Web page.

All materials are dual licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States license and the GNU Free Documentation License.

Presentation: PDF
LaTeX source: bzipped tarball, zip archive
Sample document: LaTeX source: bzipped tarball, zip archive

Note that to compile the presentation, one should type pdflatex presentation.tex, not latex presentation.tex.

Useful resources

References I discussed during the presentation include:

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Introduction to LaTeX is brought to you by the Student Information Processing Board, which brings a number of IAP classes to the MIT community each year.