Basically I have a section that is describing my algorithm in a pseudo code kind of way, and so I want that text to look like the verbatim text except I still want to be able to use math symbols. Is there any way to do this? Or any other hacky way to get the result?

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    You should consider the listings package which provides mathescape. This escapes to LaTeX within math, setting the symbols the way you want while still keeping the other content verbatim-like.
    – Werner
    Dec 12 '13 at 19:21
  • @Werner ive installed it and listed the package. could you kindly give me quick sample syntax for using mathescape?
    – garciaj
    Dec 12 '13 at 19:27

listings provides a mathescape option to escape to LaTeX within math mode (between $...$). There are other escapable options as well, details of which are contained within the listings documentation (section 4.14 Escaping to LaTeX, p 39).

Here is a quick example:

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\usepackage{listings}% http://ctan.org/pkg/listings
Here is some text.
Some verbatim text and $f(x)=ax^2+bx+c$.
Here is some more text.
Some verbatim text and $f(x)=ax^2+bx+c$.
Some final text.
  • oh werner, this worked perfectly. thanks for the full answer, i have a deadline in 10 hours and ive been using latex only for an hour! thank you!!
    – garciaj
    Dec 12 '13 at 20:02
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    @garciaj then I think it's not worth it using Latex, unless it's (relatively) simple.
    – Manuel
    Dec 12 '13 at 22:15
  • @Manuel, Its definitely worth using Latex, it is THE best thing ive come across lately! and half my essay is filled with equations so couldnt have done it without it
    – garciaj
    Dec 12 '13 at 23:18
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    @garciaj Now it's the moment. But 10 hours before a deadline… it's not the optimum time.
    – Manuel
    Dec 13 '13 at 12:40
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    @jjmerelo: listings works in XeLaTeX. If not, you're doing something wrong.
    – Werner
    Dec 27 '16 at 21:07

In XeLaTeX, which admits typing the Unicode symbols directly, the only thing you need is to select a mono font that can display them.

\setmonofont{DejaVu Sans Mono}

And then

sin(π/3)² + cos(π/3)²

will be rendered as formula correctly rendered

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