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Topic: Teaching Algebra
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Guy Brandenburg

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: Teaching Algebra
Posted: May 10, 2000 12:17 AM
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LaTeX is free? Heck, I had to pay almost $50, out of my own pocket, to get
Where can one download it?

Michael Moy wrote:

> It's a bit clunky but legible. I think that I prefer LaTeX output as the
> spacing can be better. One other big assumption is that the recipient will
> be able to read a .doc file.

True. But I cannot read a LaTeX file.

> I don't know if WordPad will do or if you need MicrosoftWord to read a file
> like this. This automatically comes up as a StarOffice application on my
> home system. I don't think that I would be able to read this on my Sun
> system though.

Can't answer either question. Can others?

> When you pick a development platform, you assume that everyone else will
> have access to the same platform. With software, you can use a relatively
> portable language like C and just about everyone will be able to do
> development. It's not clear to me that everyone will have access to
> Sketchpad and Word. Tex or Latex seems to be common for doing math
> documents, perhaps because it is available on so many platforms and because
> it is generally available for free or low cost.

Well, for us non-university-connected K-12 teachers, Word and Sketchpad are
(I think) sort of becoming defacto math standards, whether we like it or not.
I have never had anybody offer to send me a file in LaTeX. Sketchpad, yes.

> On Tue, 09 May 2000 20:31:32 Guy Brandenburg wrote:
> >FWIW, I find that you can cut-and-paste great geometry illustrations
> >using Sketchpad and Word, as well as MathType. I attach a sample. Please
> >give me some feedback on whether this is legible to y'all or not. When I
> >print these out for my students' worksheets, handouts, quizzes, tests
> >and so on, they look rather professional, even in my own, obviously
> >unbiased opinion.
> >Guy Brandenburg

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