# 2017-2018: Handout 07 - Writing mathematics

Lecturer: Vince Knight

Office: M1.30

email: [email protected]

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**Office hours: Thursday 1300-1500**

# What was in this lab sheet

- The basics of LaTeX

# How to include code in LaTeX

There are a number of ways to include code in LaTeX, one of the nicest ways is
to use the `minted`

package. See the example coursework for how this is done.

# Floating figures in LaTeX

When using floats (for figures and tables) sometimes they are not in the specified position in the final pdf. This is a blog post I wrote a while ago explaining why and what to do about it: http://drvinceknight.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/explaining-floats-in-latex.html

# What is plagiarism

Here is a short video explanation about plagiarism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brOoE7SufrA

# Good writing guidelines

There are many guidelines and important considerations to take in to account when writing mathematics. Here is a good short summary: https://zdaugherty.ccnysites.cuny.edu/teaching/Su-Guidelines_for_Good_Mathematical_Writing.pdf

Some specific points:

- Know your audience;
- Nudge your reader “with gentle commands”;
- Writing well does not necessarily mean writing more;
- Give a roadmap for long arguments (help your reader);
- Use sentences;
- Use words;
- Use paragraphs;
- Use examples;
- Simplify and refine: until you submit it, it is a draft;
- Don’t follow the guidelines when it’s appropriate not to.