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In my mathematics course, no one uses laptops. If someone did I don't think they'd be very popular. They are noisey and to some people who don't have a computer intensely annoying. However it all depends on the course and the sort of people you have in lectures.

Personally I'd advise you to take hand-written notes. Perhaps then go over your notes after lectures and do a summary in LaTeX.

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The best solution is to write them by hand then go back and type them in latex. Seriously, you will learn the stuff very well by recopying your notes and you'll have both hand written and digital form.

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When rapidly typing equations, I have a tendency to use a half-latex half-not style which I can later edit into real LaTeX. Trying to write correct LaTeX markup on the fly would be hellish, and as long as I can understand my own code later it's not a problem to do the editing.

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*Snipped* Post about TexMacs


Thanks for the link, I'll have to further investigate TexMacs :)

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I even wrote a program that helps to make equations in MS word.(pretty rudimentary, supports only what i used) . (Tho, msword equations really __sucks__, and last time i checked, integrated msword equation editor was most sucking editor in the world)

It might be useful to make that: when you press right or left ctrl(or alt) and type, you can type equation more or less normally (using ^ for power, . for index, / for over and \ for normal divide, etc, like with my program), and it gets converted into LaTeX.


This is what I'd be more inclined on doing, writing a program which has lots of hotkeys (which I would need to memorize) to make taking notes easier. Thanks :)

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In my mathematics course, no one uses laptops. If someone did I don't think they'd be very popular. They are noisey and to some people who don't have a computer intensely annoying. However it all depends on the course and the sort of people you have in lectures.

Personally I'd advise you to take hand-written notes. Perhaps then go over your notes after lectures and do a summary in LaTeX.

If I did decide a laptop was the way I wanted to go I would make sure the laptop made very little noise (which wouldn't be hard I predict if I only had a word processor running).

About using handwritten this is probably the more sensible way, I'll have to reconsider the pros and cons of each, thanks for the advice :)

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The best solution is to write them by hand then go back and type them in latex. Seriously, you will learn the stuff very well by recopying your notes and you'll have both hand written and digital form.


Yeah, this is one of the advantages of writing the notes first, copying them up will be beneficial I found this out during secondary school :) Thanks.

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When rapidly typing equations, I have a tendency to use a half-latex half-not style which I can later edit into real LaTeX. Trying to write correct LaTeX markup on the fly would be hellish, and as long as I can understand my own code later it's not a problem to do the editing.

I understand what you mean, syntax similar to LaTeX I guess, kind of psuedo-code. It's a good idea but I'm swaying towards just not using a laptop during lectures.

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