Re: Trying to use Mathematica as "word processor" for my math homework

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg44379] Re: Trying to use Mathematica as "word processor" for my math homework*From*: "Hans Michel" <hansjm at bellsouth.net>*Date*: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 05:16:22 -0500 (EST)*References*: <bo7oud$aj1$1@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: "Hans Michel" <hansjm at bellsouth.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Bob I had done this in (typesetting assignments) 1990 - 1991 for a math class I took and a physics class also. At the time my part time work was as a graphic artist/typesetter. At first doing assignements using mathematica was tedious. This was not due to formatting issues but as a result of doing the homework as I typed. When I did it by hand then retyped, the process was very smooth. Doing assingments using mathematica help me solve a lot of issues with the program especially this was done in a windows/dos environment. The better thing would be to use a style sheet (Can you get additional style sheet from wolfram). Better yet make one your self. Make extensive use of the Options Inspector. It would be a good idea to make up a naming convention. For example Assignment Style Sheet Header AuthorGroup: (List repeatable, an assignment can be group assignments) FirstName: LastName: MiddleInitial: Class: Assignment Number: Due Date: (Ideas is to include <<Miscellaneous`Calendar` for this and the Date[] with StringReplace[StringDrop[StringDrop[ToString[RotateLeft[DaysPlus[Take[Date[] ,3],14],1]],1],-1],", "-> "/"] Note that number 14 stand for 14 days from current date. or use Cell[TextData[{ValueBox["MonthName"],"/", ValueBox["Day"], "/", ValueBox["Year"] }], "Text"] This though is system time. How to get future or past dates?) Question: Parts/Sections: Question Text: Hints: Notes: Equations: Figures: Tables: Source: Book: Authors Group: (You can use same as above with diferent format) Publisher: Edition: Year: Chapter: Page: Answer: Notes: Workouts: Equations: Figures: Tables: References: Source: Book: Authors Group: (You can use same as above with diferent format) Publisher: Edition: Year: Chapter: Page Hans "Bob Harris" <nitlion at mindspring.com> wrote in message news:bo7oud$aj1$1 at smc.vnet.net... > Howdy, > > I have recently returned to grad school, and am attempting to use > mathematica as my "word processor" for my math-related homework. There are > a few annoying things that keep happening to my attempts at this, and I > thought I'd describe them here in hopes that someone would have some better > suggestions. > > For an example of what I've been doing, see > http://www.cse.psu.edu/~rsharris/spamlog/ExampleHW.nb > > My motivations are (a) it will give me a clean output that will be easier on > the grader's eyes, (b) it will make it easier for me to edit changes to > equations, etc., and (c) I can include mathematica-generated plots and > import drawings from other packages. > > I've been doing this with some success from the beginning of the fall > semester. I'm not incredibly sophistocated with mathematica, but have > managed to do this using only InputForm and StandardForm cells (i.e. I have > set the cells to DisplayAs one of those two forms, depending on whether the > cell contains running text or equations). This sort of works, but there are > many shortcomings: > > 1) Mathematica likes to auto format things, so it is difficult for me to get > things to line up the way I want them to. This has made the inclusion of > mathematical symbology in my running text difficult. I think I have > discovered that displaying a cell as Text rather than InputForm is better, > but haven't tried it much yet. > > 2) In many cases when I include a plot, or an imported drawing, when I print > out the notebook I get an unnecessary page feed before and/or after the > plot/drawing. > > 3) Font sizes on the printout don't seem to correlate with font sizes on the > screen. The default size of 12 pt is fine to read on the screen, but is too > small on the printed page. Very surprisingly, it is not as large on paper > as wehen I use 12 pt fonts in other programs. > > 4) Trying to set font sizes on things seems like a nightmare of hard to > comprehend results. E.g. slecting a cell and setting the font size many > times seems to have no effect whatsoever. > > 5) ... others ... > > I've also looked at style sheets a little bit. Like I said, I'm not very > mathematica-sophistocated, and am trying to find a fairly quick solution > that I can implement without having to dig *too* deep (am willing to dig > some, but don't really have the time with my current class and teaching load > to spend a lot of time with this). > > It seems like what I'm after is the same sort of set up that someone writing > a paper for publicatiojn would need. Have looked for such examples, but > have not found any. > > Thanks for any help or suggestions, > Bob Harris >