Workshop Descriptions

Introduction: September 21, 2014, 4pm - 6pm

This workshop is an introduction to LaTeX that assumes no prior backroud. This starts off with the natural question "Just what is LaTeX anyway? And what is it good for?" After that, the workshop turns to LaTeX basics, such as how to create a first document in LaTeX and what it means to typeset. This is followed up by essential document formatting in LaTeX, including things like italics, centering text, lists, and making sections. The workshop concludes with a brief taste of how to write mathematics in LaTeX. 

Mathematics in LaTeX: September 28, 2014, 4pm - 6pm

This workshop focuses on writing clear mathematics in LaTeX. LaTeX is specially designed to make displaying equations easy. In the workshop, you will learn how to make equations in LaTeX with all sorts of mathematical symbols (Greek letters, integral signs, limits, you name it!), and how to use the three "math modes" to make your math easy to read. 

Problem Sets: October 5, 2014, 4pm - 6pm

This workshop gives you everything you need to start typing your math and science problem sets in LaTeX. This includes topics such as formatting your homework problems, making a fancy header for your document, and tables. Topics useful for specific subjects will also be covered, such as chemical equations, SI units, and using packages. 

Lab Reports: October 12, 2014, 4pm - 6pm

This workshop will cover how to make professional lab reports in LaTeX. This includes creating things like abstracts, bibliographies, and graphs. This workshop will cover how to do each of these things to make your lab reports look professional! 

Presentations: October 19, 2014, 4pm - 6pm

This workshop will cover how to make presentations using LaTeX using the Beamer package. It will also cover how to use utilities like LaTeXiT to put single equations into presentations not made using LaTeX. 

Advanced Topics: October 26, 2014, 4pm - 6pm

This final lecture covers some of LaTeX's most powerful capabilities. Part of the workshop will focus on using the Tikz package, which allows the user to create vector graphics in a LaTeX document. The remainder of the workshop will cover miscellaneous advanced topics, such as custom list formatting and programming in LaTeX.