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## Formatting equations in LaTeX

In your first steps with LaTeX, you may not have seen why
LaTeX is better than the word processor you are used to. (If
you have some typesetting experience, however, you may have
noticed how nicely LaTeX justifies lines and how clever
LaTeX is about hyphenating words.) Where LaTeX really
shines is the formatting of mathematical equations. Indeed, the
program TeX that underlies LaTeX was created by
Donald E. Knuth, a
mathematician and computer scientist, with the needs of
mathematicians in mind.

Equations come in two flavors: short in-line equations that do
not interrupt the paragraph, and displayed equations that are
printed on a separate line. In the LaTeX source file, all
mathematical formulas are enclosed between special delimiters
that signal LaTeX to switch to its special mathematics mode.

The Math 696 course
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