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

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg44385] Re: [mg44336] Re: Trying to use Mathematica as "word processor" for my math homework*From*: Tomas Garza <tgarza01 at prodigy.net.mx>*Date*: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 05:16:37 -0500 (EST)*References*: <bo7oud$aj1$1@smc.vnet.net> <200311051501.KAA26459@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

One more question: How do you place a caption for a table constructed with gridbox? Something equivalent to PlotLabel for a plot? Tomas Garza ----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Luttrell" <luttrell at _removemefirst_westmal.demon.co.uk> To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net Subject: [mg44385] [mg44336] Re: Trying to use Mathematica as "word processor" for my math homework > 1. Don't use input cells for your running text. To display maths in running > text use a text cell and embed the maths as an inline cell embedded within > this text cell. You can start an inline cell by putting the cursor anywhere > in a text cell and doing "Ctrl 9" (or Edit | Expression INput | Start Inline > Cell). > > 2. It may be that the page properties are such that there is not enough room > for the plot left on the current page (even though there IS enough room > according to your eye). Have a look at File | Printing Settings | Page > Setup... > > 3 & 4. You have overridden the default fonts in your cells. If you want to > make global changes then it is best to edit the style sheet. This is done > via Format | Edit Style Sheet ..., and select "Import Private Copy" to > ensure you don't edit the master copy. > > If you want to have a standard set up for writing a paper for publication > you could start with the "Article Classic" or "Article Modern" style sheet > (reached from the Format | Style Sheet | ... menu). Use Text cells as your > default. Embed inline maths using inline cells in the text cells. Use > Numbered Equation or Display Formula cells for equations, and convert these > cells to TraditionalForm using Cell | Convert To | Traditional Form in order > to get the maths to display in a nice format (i.e. rather like LaTeX would > produce, but in a different font). For multi-line equations you can lay > things out in a controlled way by inserting a GridBox in the equation (you > find this looking like an empty 2x2 matrix on the Basic Typesetting Palette > reached from the File | Palettes | ... menu), and you plug whatever you want > into the empty gridbox cells ... and I could go on and on ... I find > Mathematica can do everything I want in writing technical papers, but it's > just not documented in a way that helps you get started quickly! > > -- > Steve Luttrell > West Malvern, UK > > "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 > > > >

**References**:**Re: Trying to use Mathematica as "word processor" for my math homework***From:*"Steve Luttrell" <luttrell@_removemefirst_westmal.demon.co.uk>