Jump to content

Fundamentals of LaTeX for High School Students 1.0.1

Sign in to follow this  

1 Screenshot

About This File

LaTeX is a commonly used science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) typesetting program.  It is designed to allow writers to focus on content while producing high quality output.  Unlike Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, however, it is not a what-you-see is what you get (WYSIWYG) interface, and therefore has a steeper learning curve than some of the more commonly available writing tools.  The program is available on a wide variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac OSX, Unix, Linux, and even iOS.  For the purposes of getting started, we'll assume you will be using a web-based implementation of LaTeX.

Advantages of LaTeX are a clean, crisp output while allowing the writer to focus on writing and content as opposed to appearance of the final document.  Students are highly encouraged to focus on writing the entire document first, then coming back later to tweak the stylization and appearance of their final product.

First invented by Don Knuth in 1970, LaTeX was designed as a tool to help publish a computer programming book.  Since then, however, it has been built into a wide number of systems and applications, some free, some commercial, and has been expanded with a wide variety of packages which extend the functionality of the typesetting system.

This guide is intended to provide you a starting reference.  Although it looks complex and does involve a bit of a learning curve, once you gain a bit of experience you'll find you can write high quality technical documents very quickly.  Please note that there are tons of additional commands and capabilities built into LaTeX that are extremely accessible with just a bit of Google-Fu.

What's New in Version 1.0.1   See changelog


Fixed opening/closing quote directions

Terms of Use

The pages of APlusPhysics.com, Physics in Action podcasts, and other online media at this site are made available as a service to physics students, instructors, and others. Their use is encouraged and is free of charge. Teachers who wish to use materials either in a classroom demonstration format or as part of an interactive activity/lesson are granted permission (and encouraged) to do so. Linking to information on this site is allowed and encouraged, but content from APlusPhysics may not be made available elsewhere on the Internet without the author's written permission.

Copyright Notice

APlusPhysics.com, Silly Beagle Productions and Physics In Action materials are copyright protected and the author restricts their use to online usage through a live internet connection. Any downloading of files to other storage devices (hard drives, web servers, school servers, CDs, etc.) with the exception of Physics In Action podcast episodes is prohibited. The use of images, text and animations in other projects (including non-profit endeavors) is also prohibited. Requests for permission to use such material on other projects may be submitted in writing to info@aplusphysics.com. Licensing of the content of APlusPhysics.com for other uses may be considered in the future.