This coming Saturday we will have two lectures in one. Students who are not yet proficient in LaTeX will learn this critical skill while parents and other students are encouraged to come hear about the resources that will help build on their love of problem solving while opening up new academic and professional opportunities.

LaTeX is the typesetting markup language used by mathematicians and scientists to format mathematical and scientific expressions. Learning LaTeX is easy and fun for even elementary school students and it allows older students to write up science fair presentations and mathematical proofs like the pros.

While the students work on problems to develop their LaTeX skills, parents and students who have already mastered LaTeX are encouraged to attend to learn about resources that build upon what is being taught in Metroplex Math Circle. Competitions, online resources and advice on preparing for college admissions will all be discussed.

The math skills learned in our math circles have been helpful to students hoping to improve their scores on the AMC tests or the AIME. But to be successful in olympiads or to answer the questions from USAMTS or AOPS requires that students can also articulate their problem solving in the form of proofs.

A preferred tool for writing proofs and indeed for writing many scientific papers is the typesetting system called LaTeX. Whether you are a student who has never tried LaTeX and proof writing or you just want to improve your skills, this Saturday’s workshop is for you. Even younger students will enjoy how easy it is to create very advanced mathematical expressions by mastering LaTeX.

The LaTeX typesetting system (pronounced “Lay-Tek” or “Lah-Tek”) is widely used to produce well-formatted mathematical and scientific writing. With LaTeX, it is very easy to produce expressions like

Nearly every serious student of math and science will use LaTeX frequently.

In the second hour of the Metroplex Math Circle we will have a special private screening and discussion of the documentary Hard Problems. If you have not seen it, Hard Problems recounts the selection and success of the US team at the 2006 International Mathematics Olympiad. In this excellent film you will see many friends of MMC including Dr. Zuming Feng.