LaTeX - Introduction into the typesetting system

LaTeX (pronounced LAH-tekh) is a typesetting system that allows text authors to easily typeset their document in a professional typographical manner by using templates.

The advantage of LaTeX is that the user is only concerned with the content of the text and does not have to worry about formatting. Things such as table of contents, image and tab numbering and headlines are controlled automatically and do not cause problems with large documents.

One of the main reasons why LaTeX was created is to simplify and streamline the typesetting of mathematical formulas.

In this course, you will learn the basics you need to know to work with LaTeX.

General information

Duration 15 hours
  • Work flow and handling of the LaTeX system
  • Basics of typesetting
  • Structuring of documents
  • Mathematical formulas
  • Creating tables
  • Integration of images
  • Creating references and directories
  • Literature references with BibLaTeX
This course is especially suitable for students who want to create scientific papers with the typesetting system. The course is also open to all other members of the University of Zurich.
Documents will be provided during class.
It is possible to use your own notebook (Windows/Mac / Linux) instead of the classroom PCs for the exercises. What tools are required to set up a working LaTeX environment on your own computer, will be discussed on the first day of the course.


Code Referents Dates Available seats Place
FS23-ALTE2 Gasser Alina 18.08.2023 - 25.08.2023 (09:00 - 17:00 Time)
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