(It’s Infomercial Time!)

Hello viewers! Today we have a product that could CHANGE YOUR (mathematical) LIFE! It’s called LaTeX, and this amazing product allows you to write mathematical expressions in WordPress *in a nice, professional form! *And it could be yours free if you blog with WordPress! Let’s go to the demonstration, shall we?

*walks over to demonstration table*

So if you’re writing a post about math, and you want to write some complicated expression that you can’t figure out how to… express, then use LaTeX! Let’s transform this ugly expression, A = π(r^2), which is the formula for the area of a circle. You can’t write exponents with normal text, so we’re gonna use LaTeX. Ready? 3, 2, 1!

WOW! What a makeover! LaTeX has done it again! You have all the symbols there! Let’s try with something else, like a square root. It’s possible to express square roots with the special character √, but that has some ambiguity on where the square root ends. LaTeX makes it unambiguous.

√(a+b) ≠ √a + √b

You can change colors, too.

So yeah, LaTeX is great. But how do you use it? Simply put “$latex” without the quotes when you want to start a LaTeX expression, then to end it, just put “$”. There’s a whole lot of things you have to do to produce your equation, AKA special notation, but to bypass that, use this link: http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php It automatically generates the code for you, so all you have to do is copy that and paste it between “$latex” and “$”.

Gecko Out.

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Comments on:"LaTeX" (5)Manetsaid:I’m expecting that I can expect a lot more posts about math?

I don’t use WordPress, but I’m not sure that I’ll be doing many math posts. Or any at all.

Nixsaid:LaTeX is awesome. It’s on AoPS too. So easy.

Denisesaid:One more thing: Make sure that you don’t have a line break in your code. On WordPress.com, all LaTeX code has to be on a single line. You can still do multi-line equations (as I did near the end of this post), but each line must be coded separately.

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