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I want to write lower case in a section, I've tried using \MakeLowercase but its not working. Here is what I tried:

\section{Experiment I: T\MakeLowercase{he effect of changing the distance}}

I'm using the IEEEtran document class.

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IEEEtran sets up the \section titles in the normal (or standard LaTeX2e) way using \@startsection. The font choice for sections are \normalfont\normalsize\centering\scshape:

  \@startsection{section}% type
    {1}% level
    {\z@}% indent
    {1.5ex plus 1.5ex minus 0.5ex}% top separation before heading
    {1sp}% bottom separation after heading
    {\normalfont\normalsize\centering\scshape}}% font

\scshape here is the problem for you. So all you need to do is insert \normalfont at the appropriate place:

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\documentclass{IEEEtran}% http://ctan.org/pkg/IEEEtran
\section{Experiment I: \normalfont The effect of changing the distance}

Note that they choose their definitions for a purpose. So, changing it might not be a good idea.

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