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 +====== Getting Started With LaTeX ======
 +
 +LaTeX is a sort of 'language' that, besides many other things, can be used to write mathematical equations in a form that a computer can display. Both our website and forum support LaTeX so here is a short guide to help you get started.
 +
 +To use LaTeX in a forum post you need to enclose it in [tex] tags like this:
 +
 +<html><center></html>
 +[tex]a + b = c[/tex]
 +<html></center></html>
 +
 +There are many symbols you can use. Here is a table containing some of the more useful ones:
 +
 +<html><center></html>
 +^LaTeX code                ^Produces                          ^
 +|\pi                      |<math>\Pi</math>                  |
 +|\sqrt{x}                  |<math>\sqrt{x}</math>            |
 +|\times                    |<math>\times</math>              |
 +|\frac{1}{2}              |<math>\frac{1}{2}</math>          |
 +|\div                      |<math>\div</math>                |
 +|\frac{a}{b}              |<math>\frac{a}{b}</math>          |
 +|\infty                    |<math>\infty</math>              |
 +|<nowiki>a^2</nowiki>      |<math>a^2</math>                  |
 +|\pm                      |<math>\pm</math>                  |
 +|<nowiki>a^x</nowiki>      |<math>a^x</math>                  |
 +|\leq                      |<math>\leq</math>                |
 +|a_1                      |<math>a_1</math>                  |
 +|\geq                      |<math>\geq</math>                |
 +|a_x                      |<math>a_x</math>                  |
 +|\equiv                    |<math>\equiv</math>              |
 +|<nowiki>180^\circ</nowiki>|<math>180^\circ</math>            |
 +|\neq                      |<math>\neq</math>                |
 +|\pm                      |<math>\pm</math>                  |
 +|\therefore                |<math>\therefore</math>          |
 +|\alpha                    |<math>\alpha</math>              |
 +|\int                      |<math>\int</math>                |
 +|\theta                    |<math>\theta</math>              |
 +|<nowiki>\ .\ .\\\  o \\\smile</nowiki>|<math>\ .\ .\\\  o \\\smile</math>|
 +<html></center></html>
 +
 +For example, if I wanted to post to the forum a question regarding the following quadratic equation...
 +
 +<html><center></html>
 +<math>x^2 + 11 x + 30</math>
 +<html></center></html>
 +
 +...to have this formula appear in my post like this I would have to type the following:
 +
 +<html><center></html>
 +[tex]x^2 + 11 x + 30[/tex]
 +<html></center></html>
 +




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