Using latex to write reports
A useful text formatting program, called LATEX, is available for
writing detailed reports containing equations, graphs, images,
tables, as well as text. There are numerous books available on
LATEX, for example the one by Leslie
Lamport, and many internet sites which will help format your
report. There are many advantages to LATEX.
- Equations can be written directly into the body of the text in a
- Equation numbering can be automatically set up so that the
author does not need to remember the equation numbers.
- Figures and images are automatically numbered and figure numbers
need not be remembered by the author.
- Tables can be readily included and automatically numbered.
- References to the bibliography entries are easy to include.
- Almost all the journal articles in the physics literature and
physics books are written using LATEX.
- Several document formats are available, such as reports, articles,
books. This is very useful when writing a thesis since chapter
headings and section headings can be numbered properly. LATEX
generates a table of contents.
An example of a report containing all the above features is here.
This example uses the png format for images. The entire report will
be converted into pdf format using the command
If there are no errors a file called simulations.pdf is created.
Latex also uses other image formats, such as ps, eps, etc. In that
case a typical sequence of commands to convert a file called
dvipdf file.dvi file.pdf
In the first step the file.tex is converted into a file called file.dvi.
In the second step file.dvi is converted into file.pdf
LATEX can run on linux, MAC, or unix operating systems. You should
check to see if it can be installed on Microsoft's operating systems
if this is your only choice.
I can help you with some initial setups but this is a learning
experience for you. I won't be able to help with extensive debugging
of your files.