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

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  • Subject: [mg44415] Re: Re: Trying to use Mathematica as "word processor" for my math homework
  • From: "Steve Luttrell" <luttrell at _removemefirst_westmal.demon.co.uk>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2003 04:50:57 -0500 (EST)
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You can do this in two ways:

    1. Simple way: Use a Text or Caption cell beneath the cell containing
the table.

    2. Sophisticated way: Make the caption part of the table by creating a
grid box with 2 boxes arranged in a column, in the upper of the 2 boxes
create a gridbox for the table, and in the lower of the 2 boxes put the
caption.

You can construct very complicated 2-dimensional structures by nesting boxes
as in (2) above.

--
Steve Luttrell
West Malvern, UK

"Tomas Garza" <tgarza01 at prodigy.net.mx> wrote in message
news:boftdr$5p7$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> 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: [mg44415]  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
> > >
> >
> >
>
>



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