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benderunit
Registered User Posts: **167** Junior Member

For all you engineering, science, and math majors, do you prefer specialized software on laptops that help you write down equations, or do you still prefer the traditional pen and paper method?

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## Replies to: laptop for writing equations

2,009Senior Member678MemberI mean certain programs such as latex are good from small work, but its so much easier to write it out by hand.

313Junior Member166Junior Member482Member805Member209Junior Member630Junior Member* LaTeX: a typsetting program for math and scientific publications.

http://www.latex-project.org/

* Mathematica: a math and science program that both prints and solves equations on a regular laptop or desktop.

http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/introduction.html

* Xthink's Mathjounal: Designed for a Tablet PC, a math program that allows a user to write down formulas and equations on his Tablet screen and provides you with a solution.

http://www.xthink.com/

Or pencil and paper.

1,529Senior MemberMath/science courses are one of a few places where computers don't make much sense.

Mike

272Junior Member805Member804Member2,287Senior Member2,723Senior Memberuse mathematica or latex for writing lab reports or such things which need nicely written down equations.

for humanities or such classes where you need to take down written paragraphs etc., use a laptop if you type faster than you write. then you will have searchable notes and you won't get tired writing so much.

if you are good at mathematica shortcuts, you can probably use that to take notes during class, but there really is no need for that. and there is absolutely no reason to use latex during lecture. but if you have a tablet pc, then sure use it instead. then you get searchable notes and you also save some trees.

805MemberIf your handwriting is illegible and your LaTeX skills rock, that's a pretty good reason.