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I'm curious how other math and science teachers typeset the math they include in handouts and assignments?
I started out using a visual equation editor that was bundled with Claris Works called "Equation Editor" (I'm dating myself), but quickly switched to using TeX for better typesetting and (to me) quicker composition. Recently, I discovered http://www.texify.com/, which lets you compose in TeX online without installing and using the actual program itself. You get output that looks like an an equation from TeXify and can be pasted into other documents as an image. Does anyone else use TeX? What visual math editors are the best? How do you handle graphs and charts?
Does anyone have their students typeset any math?
For what purpose do you ask this question? Not sure I understand to what end you are working.
When I started teaching math, producing handouts and quizzes was time consuming. Coaxing the built in equation editor in Claris to produce the mathematical expressions I was interested in took time. Eventually I learned TeX and used it to write math. I've got a background in computer programming, so it wasn't too much of a stretch. I'm wondering whether other teachers have found tools that they like for composing mathematical expressions that they use in the classroom. I've never owner MatLab or Mathematica. Can they be used to write math? How well do the work? I'm genuinely curious.
One of my other interests is helping students integrate mathematical work into larger rhetorical contexts, like papers. When students have asked how to integrate equations and expressions into their written work, I've suggested they either use a built in visual equation editor or leave blank space and write in the mathematical work by hand. Almost universally, they despair of the visual equation editor and do the mathematical writing by hand. I wonder whether other teachers have their students compose mathematical work on computers? If so, whether they've found any good tools to recommend to students.
MathType is the only one I have used besides the built-in equation editor of the most recent Word version (which is clunky). I like MathType. Just cut & paste into Word.