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Topic: Teaching Algebra
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Jack Roach

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Teaching Algebra
Posted: May 10, 2000 10:07 AM
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Check out http://www.tug.org/. (tug = TeX Users Group.) You
should be able to find all the links you need there plus FAQs.

Jack


----- Original Message -----
From: Guy Brandenburg <gfbranden@earthlink.net>
To: <m_moy@my-deja.com>
Cc: <math-teach@mathforum.com>; Barron, Alfred [PRI]
<ABARRON@prius.jnj.com>; <dcollins@victor.cc.ca.us>
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2000 11:17 PM
Subject: Re: Teaching Algebra


> LaTeX is free? Heck, I had to pay almost $50, out of my own pocket, to get
> MathType.
> Where can one download it?
> Guy
>
> 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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