I'm new to TeX and I would like to use it to write math (on a Mac). I've just downloaded MacTex and I'm wondering what's the recommended workflow. Am I supposed to write math in TeX macros/code and perhaps get used and "see" through the TeX macros? Or should I use a wysiwyg editor ?

I'm also wondering how mathematicians do math on a computer even if they have no intention to publish their work.

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    most people just write the tex macros directly, it's far more reliable and quicker than trying to edit in a displayed math layout. – David Carlisle Jun 1 '15 at 18:15
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    @DavidCarlisle they basically they "never" see / use the rendered document, right? – themihai Jun 1 '15 at 18:17
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    I think real mathematicians use paper and pencil only. At the very end when they finished, they give the papers to the undergraduate students to type it in using Latex. – Nasser Jun 1 '15 at 18:19
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    We cannot tell you what you are supposed to do and what you should use. Maybe you can add the worries you have with writing math with (La)TeX macros (which is most likely the superior way to write math in (La)TeX): Special aligning? Special functions? Big (in size) functions? – Qrrbrbirlbel Jun 1 '15 at 18:25
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    @Nasser I suspected that might be the case but I thought things changed... As far as I understand TeX is used only to digitalise hand written math but mathematicians don't do math using TeX. – themihai Jun 1 '15 at 18:45