LaTeX for Physicists
To get LaTex running on a windows system,
 Download and install MikTex
 Download and install TeXnicCenter
 Download the LaTex for Physicists Header
 Copy the header to the folder where you will save your document
 Add \input{header.tex} to the first line of your document as in this template
The LaTeX for Physicists Header has the following features:
 Sets font size to 11pt
 Includes commonly needed packages
 Reduces page margins to 0.75in for more space
 Redefines \maketitle to save space
 Removes page numbers
 Changes enumeration to letters as in physics exercises
 \v{ } makes bold vectors (\v is redefined to \vaccent)
 \uv{ } makes bold unit vectors with hats
 \gv{ } makes bold vectors of greek letters
 \abs{ } makes the absolute value symbol
 \avg{ } makes the angled average symbol
 \d{ }{ } makes derivatives (\d is redefined to \underdot)
 \dd{ }{ } makes double derivatives
 \pd{ }{ } makes partial derivatives
 \pdd{ }{ } makes double partial derivatives
 \pdc{ }{ }{ } makes thermodynamics partial derivatives
 \ket{ } makes Dirac kets
 \bra{ } makes Dirac bras
 \braket{ }{ } makes Dirac brackets
 \matrixel{ }{ }{ } makes Dirac matrix elements
 \grad{ } makes a gradient operator
 \div{ } makes a divergence operator (\div is redefined to \divsymb)
 \curl{ } makes a curl operator
 \={ } makes numbers appear over equal signs (\= is redefined to \baraccent)
General LaTeX tips:
 Use "$ ... $" for inline equations
 Use "\[ ... \]" for equations on their own line
 Use "\begin{center} ... \end{center}" to center something
 Use "\includegraphics[width=?cm]{filename.eps}" for images  must compile to dvi then use dvipdfm from a batch file
 Use "\begin{multicols}{2} ... \end{multicols}" for two columns
 Use "\begin{enumerate} \item ... \end{enumerate}" for parts of physics exercises
 Use "\section*{ }" for sections without numbering
 Use "\begin{cases} ... \end{cases}" for piecewise functions
 Use "\mathcal{ }" for a caligraphic font
 Use "\mathbb{ }" for a blackboard bold font
Below is a list of commonly used builtin symbols
LaTeX Symbol Search  search for LaTeX code by its mathematical name
Comprehensive List of Symbols
