**Course Synopsis**

LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing. LaTeX is based on Donald E. Knuth's TeX typesetting language. It was first developed in 1985 by Leslie Lamport, and is now being maintained and developed by the LaTeX3 Project. LaTeX contains features for typesetting journal articles, technical reports, books and slide presentations. It provides a convenient framework for typesetting complex mathematical formulas. Bibliographies and indexes are generated automatically, and one of the key features of LaTeX is its capability to cross-reference nearly everything that is numbered. Best of all, it is available for free by anonymous ftp.

LaTeX is most widely used by mathematicians, scientists, engineers, philosophers, linguists, economists and other scholars in academia. LaTeX is intended to provide a high-level language that accesses the power of TeX. LaTeX essentially comprises a collection of TeX macros and a program to process LaTeX documents. Because the TeX formatting commands are very low-level, it is usually much simpler for end-users to use LaTeX.

**Course Objectives**

The objective is to provide the participants with a platform to learn features for typesetting journal articles, technical reports, books and slide presentations. This 1 day course intends to allow participants to learn LaTeX quickly and successfully. Therefore, the participants equipped with the knowledge of LaTeX to produce excellent technical documentations.

**Course Duration**

1 Full Day

**Who Must Attend**

The primary target audiences for this course are researchers, scientists, academicians and just about anyone who wants to learn LaTeX to produce high-quality printout outputs with reasonable amount of effort Prerequisites Candidates must have experience with basic computer operations. This course is suitable for those without programming experience, although an exposure to programming languages or packages such as C++ or Excel is an advantage

**Course Outline**

Fundamentals and Basics

- Background, Basic definitions
- Document layout and organization

Displayed Text

- Font setting, Lists, Tables
- Footnotes and marginal notes

Floats

- Figures and Tables
- External graphics with the epsfig package

Cross-Referencing

- Cross-references
- Bibliography

Typesetting Mathematical Formulas

- Mathematical environments
- Exponents and indices
- Fractions and Brackets
- Mathematical symbols, Accents and alphabet commands
- Additional mathematical commands with amsmath package