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Although you may use any method to type your homework I strongly encourage you to learn LaTeX. Although it may be harder at first, the benefits pay off quickly. The following LaTeX options have been compiled by math department faculty.

Instructions for online users

Online Option 1 -

Online Option 2 -

Windows Simple Option 1

Mac users

Fancier LaTeX Editors (try after using simpler options)
Usually a very simple editor like TeXworks is best for beginners.  After you have been creating LaTeX files for a while you might start wanting some additional editing features. There are many good text editors and it is mostly a matter of preference which one you choose.  You should install the TeX system before installing any of these extra editors. Here is a short list:

Using LaTex

You may look at files example1.tex (or example1.pdf) and example2.tex (or example2.pdf) to see some examples of typical commands.

The file template.tex contains a template for your homework assignments.

LaTex Resources

The file ltxprimer.pdf contains a primer for LaTex. Another primer is located at

The file Texmaker.pdf contains an overview of TexMaker. The file WinEdtOverview.pdf contains an overview of WinEdt.

For a list of common symbols go to The file symbols-letter.pdf contains a comprehensive list of symbols. The website Detexify lets you draw a symbol and gives LaTeX suggestions for typesetting it.

When all else fails, try the advice here.