Welcome to Mathematics 2130

Technical Writing in Mathematics 

Basic Information

Course Manual

A few remarks about software

    LaTeX-oriented integrated environments (editors)
    • In the computer lab and more generally, on computers running UNIX/Linux operating systems, the recommended editor is Kile.
    • A similar Windows-based environment is TeXnicCenter (free software).
      Alternatively, you may consider WinEdit (30 days trial period, then has to be purchased; inexpensive)
      or a full-blown commercial editor Scientific Word with integrated LaTeX.
    • On Mac OS, a good option is TeXShop. Click that link, go to the "Obtaining" page and follow instructions. Alternately just click here to dowload everything you need (the total file is over a gigabyte so you will need to be patient).

    Command-line LaTeXing (in a UNIX terminal window)
    • latex filename.tex (create dvi file). To quit in the case of errors, press "x" or "Ctrl-C"
    • xdvi filename.dvi (view dvi file)
    • dvips filename.dvi (convert dvi to ps)
    • gv filename.ps (invoke Ghostview to view Postscript file)
    • ps2pdf filename.ps (convert ps to pdf)
    • acroread filename.pdf (invoke Acrobat Reader to view PDF file)
    • A PDF file can be created directly from a LaTeX file by the command pdflatex filename.tex. However, this command does not properly process encapsulated postscript graphics. There is a little trick to bypass the problem.

Related Web Resources

    The Elements of Style by William Strunk    ``gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated''

Mathematics and Statistics Department webpage.