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I want to start using LaTeX to organize my proofs into a readable fashion. This motif is due to my professors preferring e-mail communication instead of reading a chicken-scratch proof. I know enough LaTeX such that I can post on math.SE and make my question readable, but I do not know how to include LaTeX in a document.

How do I make my proof into a LaTeX document?

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marked as duplicate by Werner, dustin, Heiko Oberdiek, Claudio Fiandrino, Guido Aug 26 '13 at 6:46

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Just as you would with mathjax's but now you need to declare your packages and the document type. – dustin Aug 26 '13 at 2:13
Have a look at Best Way to Start Using LaTeX/TeX? – texenthusiast Aug 26 '13 at 2:16
Good resources for math: mathmode by Her­bert Voß and Short Math Guide for LATEX by Michael Downes. Full detailed math-into-latex-4 by Ge­orge Grätzer. Remember to use AMS developed LaTeX classes specifically for math amsart amsbook and amsproc which are part of major TeX distributions – texenthusiast Aug 26 '13 at 4:49
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The skeleton is as follows,

\title{My Title}
\author{My Name}


$ax^2+bx+c=0$ has 2 real roots if $D>0$.

This is my proof that $ax^2+bx+c=0$ has 2 real roots if $D>0$.

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For more detailed at a glance tutorial, visit Theorem.

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Forgot to mention above. You have to switch the document class from standalone to article because the former is used just for creating the image above. – kiss my armpit Aug 26 '13 at 3:06
I know there is a typo in the quadratic formula. Ignore it! – kiss my armpit Aug 26 '13 at 3:39
Does amsart load amsthm package ? if not why (very strange though) ? – texenthusiast Aug 26 '13 at 4:40

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