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Agenda for Day 1
- Introduction to LaTeX
- Some history and what we're working with
- Basic document structure
- Required elements of a LaTeX document
- Classes, titles, sectioning, etc.
- How some commands work.
- Some basic formatting commands
- inserting math, some text formatting, dealing with special characters.
- Practice: reproduce a PDF and play with different options.
- The Error Message Only Looks Scary
- Identifying common errors, like missing brackets or mistaken commands, and what "badness" is.
- Exercise: find the errors.
- Discuss exercise and homework
These files will be useful for the different activities we'll do in class.
Basic annotated LaTeX document
We'll examine this in detail to see how some of the basic document structure options work.
Practice: Try to make this PDF!
This is the goal for the practice exercise.
Practice: the raw text
This .tex file only has the raw text. For the exercise, you can start here and add LaTeX commands around it. If you can typeset it to get the PDF above (and add some of your own content), you're doing great!
Exercise: A painful, agonizingly broken document
We'll split into pairs to try to fix this poor document together. (If you're looking at this ahead of time: I'm going to make it longer and break some more creative things on Tuesday. Mwahaha.)
Homework for Night 1
There are two things I want you to do before the next class:
- Skim through some of the resources on the LaTeX Resources tab above. We'll cover a chunk of this material on day 2, but there's a lot out there.
- Further examine the error-ridden document to see if you can fix what's there. Once you've found all you can, check the exercise solutions above to see what else there was.
Also, if you have time, try out some of the commands we discussed today! Tomorrow, I'll have a more extensive homework exercise that will have you practicing much of what you've learned. In the meantime, play around with LaTeX, try out some of the things we discussed today, and see if you can resolve any errors you come across!