I'm trying to bring LaTeX to some of my colleague-teachers (in secondary schools, pupils 12->18 years old). They all seem quite reluctant to change.

So I'm trying to collect some quick-win situations, that could convince them to 'give it a try'.

What packages exist already that could provide such a quick-win? Maybe with a brief description?

  • I know this seems just another: What packages do exist?-question, I just think there's a lot out there I'm not aware of.
    – long tom
    Feb 18, 2014 at 13:00
  • Teach them tikz and ask to draw some diagrams. Thinking impartially, you can teach them pstricks, and asymtote also.
    – user11232
    Feb 18, 2014 at 13:05
  • Tikz is a very useful feature, many packages also rely on it. You can check out CTAN, and search for biology or physics iin order to find specialized packages. A quick description is also given to each package.
    – Johannes_B
    Feb 18, 2014 at 13:22
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    I don't think it is a good idea to collect package names in a list. Everybody might have other preferences in choosing packages and defining a workflow. There are far to many packages, may are too localiced for a big audience.
    – Johannes_B
    Feb 18, 2014 at 13:24
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    related: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/102878/…
    – jub0bs
    Mar 1, 2014 at 10:49

2 Answers 2


polynoms for polynomial handling


  • Horner Scheme typesetting
  • automatic factorisation
  • long division-typesetting

examdoc for typesetting exams.


  • automatic handling of points
  • Question and solution are combined, what makes it easier to copy-paste new exams.

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