I have a one-inch top margin, which works fine. BUT, if I have a page that's particularly empty (because LaTeX decides not to start a new section toward the bottom of the page), all the text on the page gets moved down one line. How do I fix this? I am using a custom .sty file which basically loads amsbook and redefines a few things for theses at my school.
The page layout code is this (in the sty file), which looks odd (0pt top margin?) but can't quite figure out if that's causing the problem:
\topmargin 0pt \oddsidemargin=.5in \evensidemargin=\oddsidemargin \advance\headheight -0.25in \textwidth 6in \textheight 8.9in \advance\textheight by -\headheight \advance\textheight by -\headsep \advance\textheight by -\footskip \marginparwidth 0.5in
On a related note, how does one control LaTeX's decisions about breaking and moving to the next page? I imagine there's a penalty command somewhere but I can't find it.