Math 481/581, Assignment 2
Deadline: February 14, 2005
This assignment and assignment #1 together constitute Project 1. You will receive a joint grade for
these two assignments, and the result will count for 25% of the class grade (see the syllabus).
An important change in the method of submission
You will no longer use e-mail to submit your files. There will be two methods to submit your files:
- Just like before, you will make a zip archive and use a web form to submit it(see below).
- You can also submit and view individual files from your Linux or Windows desktop. Submitting files will be possible using "Drag and Drop".
This purpose of this assignment is to create a complete LaTeX document, including all major elements we have learned.
- To learn LaTeX environments: tabular, table, center, figure.
- To learn how to put graphics in a LaTeX document.
- To create graphics with XFig and/or Dia and include them in LaTeX documents.
To include raster images from a variety of sources (Downloaded from Web, created with programs like Gimp, Paint, Acrobat, etc.) in LaTeX documents, by converting them to PostScript.
To create a citation database and use BibTeX to extract citations and include them in your paper, including at least 5 kinds of publications (say, book, article in a journal, dissertation, an article in collection, unpublished note and a software program).
You can and are encouraged to be creative in this assignment and try various LaTeX techniques that you picked up in class or read about. Make your document as impressive as you can. Below is a plan for writing a document which will satisfy minimal requirements, but you can modify the topic, section titles etc. as long as you use all LaTeX elements mentioned.
- Create an LaTeX input file, named classes.tex containing the author
and title. Make sure to put your name as the author. Do not include
any private data, like SSN or Student ID.
- Add a section in your document entitled The textbooks I use in my classes. In this section, please briefly
describe the textbooks that you use in your current or past classes.
For instance, state what you like or do not like about the
textbook, and why. You should not use the textbook titles
directly, but use the LaTeX method of citing literature.
- Provide a table of your textbook prices and number of pages in tabular form.
(Note that the $ character is special to LaTeX, and thus
it must be escaped with a backslash.)
Make sure that your table is enclosed in a table/tabular environment and centered.
Make sure that it has a caption. Since the table now can float, make sure that you provide
a reference to the table in your text.
- Add bibliographical data for your textbooks at the end of the paper.
- Add another section entitled My favorite article.
Pick a paper in a scientific journal that you have read (Science
or Scientific American are fine, although you may prefer something closer to your school work or interests) and briefly discuss its content. Provide a proper citation to the article at the end of your document.
Add another section to your paper, entitled Sprucing it up with figures.
Using XFig, create a diagram illustrating the use of various features.
You can be fancy here, but use at least the following:
(Note that older version of XFig screen capture feature does not work yet on displays with color above 8 bits,
i.e. more than 256 colors.)
Export your diagram as Combined LaTeX/Postscript and include it in your
LaTeX document. Make sure to include the figure in a figure environment,
and provide a caption and label. Use a reference to the figure in text.
- boxes and arrows
- normal text
- special text, containing a mathematical formula involving integration
- Create a file bibinput.bib, which lists all citations you provided in your paper
in the form of a BibTeX database. You can pattern your citations after the
following test.bib bibliography database provided with BibTeX.
- Create the DVI files classes.dvi with the LaTeX program.
Create the PostScript file classes.ps with dvips.
- Create a zip archive named classes.zip, containing the four files (classes.tex, classes.dvi, classes.ps, bibinput.bib).
What to turn in?
The zip archive classes.zip should be submitted by clicking here or using WebDAV.
Marek Rychlik <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last modified: Wed Aug 27 19:41:25 MST 2003