- Course Number:
- MTH 84
- Course Title:
- Introduction to LaTeX
- Credit Hours:
- 1
- Lecture Hours:
- 10
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- 0
- Lab Hours:
- 0
- Special Fee:

#### Course Description

Explores the power of LaTeX for use at school, home, or the workplace for mathematical documents and other applications. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.#### Addendum to Course Description

All software used in this course is freely available for every standard operating system.

#### Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of the class a student will be able to:

- successfully install LaTeX and its related components on a home/personal computer;
- use LaTeX and various templates acquired from the course to compose Mathematical documents, presentations, and reports;
- access CTAN and other resources to obtain additional LaTeX packages.

#### Course Activities and Design

Assessment must include:

- weekly document assignments

Assessment may also include:

- portfolio of templates (e.g. letter, homework assignment, etc.)
- in-class group work
- cumulative assignment
- level-specific assignment (e.g. lab write-up for MTH 251)

#### Outcome Assessment Strategies

Addressing each course outcome:

*successfully install LaTeX and its related components on a home/personal computer:*students are required to submit a LaTeX document with its output. This establishes successful installation.*use LaTeX and various templates acquired from the course to compose Mathematical documents, presentations, and reports:*Submitted weekly assignments are used to gauge this outcome.*access various resources, such as http://ctan.org, to obtain additional LaTeX packages:*At least one assignment requires students to use online resources; explicit guidance is purposely omitted from that part of the lesson so that students will need to research and use these resources first hand.

#### Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

- Set-up and compiling options
- installing LaTeX and related software, and an integrated development environment

- Basics
- inline and displayed math content
- title, author, date, maketitle, fancyhdr
- font sizes and styles, page sizes, line spacing (using geometry package)
- itemize, enumerate
- font modification: \bfseries, \itshape, color, etc.
- interpreting .log files
- fixing mistakes
- commenting
- online resources such as ctan and tex.stackexchange

- More advanced documents
- advanced equations and alignment environments from the amsmath and mathtools packages
- labeling and referencing equations
- units with siunitx
- hyperlinks in pdf files (using hyperref package)
- multicols
- sectioning commands, table of contents, list of figures, list of tables
- new commands
- beamer class for presentations

- Figures and tables
- floats
- tables, booktabs package
- including pictures and figures (.bmp, .jpg, .eps, etc.)
- captions (including customization with the caption package)
- minipages
- homemade graphics using either pgfplots, tikz, or pstricks

- Optional content
- automation tools (e.g. arara)
- new environments, counters, theorems
- subfigure, subtable, longtable
- installing new packages and updating existing packages
- latex2html
- refcheck (using refcheck package)
- batch/bash files
- bibliography (using biblatex or biber)
- index and/or glossary