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Old 09-14-2015, 01:24 PM   #1
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Best Program for Writing Math Equations


Hi all,

Soon I'll be doing a lot of writing that will heavily involve writing Physics equations, with lots of Greek letters. I hear this can be a cumbersome process, and a lot is at stake if something renders wrong.

For Physics, expedience, and easy integration with LibreOffice (and compatibility with Microsoft Office), what kind of Math equation writing program would you recommend?

Thanks!
 
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Office is not even compatible with itself - everyone needs to be on the same version. If you are concerned with keeping source in a stable format use Tex.
 
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Agree TeX is the only way to go.

Use LyX as the editor and you are good to go...

Here is a selected screenshot from their pages.

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Old 09-14-2015, 08:42 PM   #4
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Installing tex and lyx now; after hearing about it and reading it, it sounds like a major tool in Linux that will come handy with all of my science writing to come. I'll probably be back with questions on how to use it; Thanks!
 
Old 09-14-2015, 09:20 PM   #5
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Great!

There will be a learning curve, but it isn't bad if you follow the tutorials and learn the relationship between TeX/LaTeX (the typesetting engne), LyX (WYSIWYM editor for TeX documents) and your documents. It will be time well spent!

You probably already have TeX on your system with any major distro. And last time I built LyX it had no unusual dependencies, should not be a problem with your package manager.

Be sure to read through the links on the LyX website, starting with the About LyX page. LyX also includes some built in tutorial pages that should be installed with the package - use them!

Good luck, it is a great tool!

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Old 09-15-2015, 12:57 PM   #6
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You can create formulae very easily in LibreOffice:
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/...-MathGuide.pdf
 
Old 09-15-2015, 11:20 PM   #7
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Thanks for pointing that out - I'll probably start off with LibreOffice Math and gradually switch to Lyx as I grow more comfortable with it. Thanks!
 
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JMathEdit

Have a look at JMathEdit
  • It's free on Linux
  • Supports LaTeX, MathML, SVG, PNG
  • Has a rich set of elements
  • It's GUI driven
 
Old 04-15-2018, 05:04 PM   #9
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This thread is like three years old, but thanks for the reply! :P
 
  


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