Introduction to LaTeX:
typeset your own
science/engineering papers.


About this course

LaTeX is the standard mark-up language for professional typesetting of scientific and engineering documents (from papers to books). This will be a hands on seminar. It will cover from installation of LaTeX and of a text editor to producing a document with tables, figures and equations. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer.

Practical Information


Mayer Hall 5301
This is in the old wing of Mayer Hall, on the West side of the building. Take the elevator to the fifth floor.


Weeks 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7 of instruction, on Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm.


Good disposition.


Grading is exclusively by work done in class.

  • Within the last 5 min of lecture save your *.tex work
  • e-mail it as an attachment to the instructor, with your Full Name in the body of the email
  • Your grade is derived from counting these
  • If you must miss a class please let the instructor know (by email), and have a reasonable explanation.

What to bring to class?

A laptop computer.

  • A couple of GB of space on your hard drive
  • A wifi connection
  • Administrator credentials on your laptop to install software


Course Notes

These are intended as partly notes, partly listing of what is covered. Full(er) explanations will be given in the course, as we type away!.

Fast Forward

The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX2e.

LaTeX Wikibook (PDF)

Instead of downloading this pdf you can, of course, just consult the wikibook online.


Some of the challenges presented in class, directly form the class-slides. Will add to this as the course progresses.


Benjamin Grinstein

Professor of Physics

Prof. Grinstein's research interests are in Particle Physics and Quantum Field Theory. He uses TeX and LaTeX routinely to prepare his manuscripts and notes. He learned TeX as a grad student a million years ago.



Office: Mayer Hall 5130


+1 858 534 5229

Prof. Grinstein is available for office hours on request. Send him an email to arrange. He is readily available except on Thursdays and during his other teaching courses (Monday and Wednesday, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm) and during the High Energy Seminar (Tuesday 1 pm - 2 pm), so you can catch him in his office unannounced.