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For physics and math classes, it would be very useful to be able to type out equations with symbols and such. I believe that LaTeX allows you to do this, but I am not sure. So, what is LaTeX exactly and what is the best way to get started?

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaTeX –  Nifle Mar 26 '11 at 18:11
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Why vote to close this? This is a very legitimate question to me. –  Wuffers Mar 26 '11 at 18:14
    
I have read that article. I am still unsure if this does what I believe it does. Also, my question has two parts. The Wiki article shows many ways to get started, yet I was asking what the best way was. Thank you. –  MetroGnome Mar 26 '11 at 18:15
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If you want to take notes during class, I suggest you write on paper. LaTeX formulas are pretty damn hard to type live during a lecture unless you're a fast typist and are very familiar with LaTeX. –  Daniel Beck Mar 26 '11 at 18:15
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You might be able to find good information readily available on TeX.SE. @Mark replied to my paper suggestion, but that isn't why I voted to close. I remember reading on meta (IIRC) that something that can be answered with a Wikipedia article or the #1 Google hit probably shouldn't be on this site -- and it seemed/seems to be that kind of question. –  Daniel Beck Mar 26 '11 at 18:27

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LaTeX is a typesetting language. It alows you to use write equations and many other things.

A good place to start learning it would be this website: http://latex101.wikispaces.com/Syllabus

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