LaTeX (pronounced "lah-tek") is the most commonly used variant of TeX, a mathematical typesetting system. It is used by mathematicians, engineers, and many other scientists to produce nice-looking mathematical text. On this page you will find resources for getting started with LaTeX. LaTeX takes a bit of effort to learn, but the effort pays off as ultimately it is much easier to use than an equation editor or other system not designed for mathematics.

To write a LaTeX document, you do not use Microsoft Word (or any other word processor). Instead, you use a text editor, preferably one that comes with your LaTeX installation. A LaTeX document consists of three basic parts: a header (which includes formatting commands), natural language text (e.g. English), and mathematical text. The mathematical text is integrated into the English text but is placed either between dollar signs or other symbols representing the start and end of an equation. There are special commands which produce the various mathematical symbols. A LaTeX document is saved with a .tex extension and is then compiled to produce a pdf.

Here are ways to use/install a LaTeX system for yourself:

Here are resources to help you write your own LaTeX documents: