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I have the following main thesis tex file :

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,twoside]{report}
\setlength{\textwidth}{16cm}
\setlength{\oddsidemargin}{0pt}
\setlength{\evensidemargin}{0pt}
\setlength{\parskip}{3mm}
\setlength{\parindent}{0mm}

\input{preamble.tex}

\allowdisplaybreaks % allow page breaks
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[width=0.70\textwidth]{logo} \\[2cm]

{ \large \bfseries Perfect Triangles : Rational points on Elliptic Curves }\\
Shahrina Ismail \\
\{B.Sc, M.Sc\} \\[7cm]
{\em A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at\\
The University of Queensland in 2017} \\
School of Mathematics and Physics

\end{center}
\end{titlepage}

\pagenumbering{roman}

\begin{abstract}
\doublespacing
A Heron triangle is a triangle \\
\end{abstract}

\onehalfspacing
\input{UQPreliminary.tex}

\tableofcontents

\listoffigures

\listoftables

\newpage
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\onehalfspacing
\chapter{Introduction}
\input{chapters/Introduction}

\onehalfspacing
\chapter{Background and Methodology}\label{chap:2}
\input{chapters/chapter2}

\onehalfspacing
\chapter{Values of $\delta(\mu)$}\label{chap:3}
\input{chapters/chapter3}

\onehalfspacing
\chapter{\textbf{$\mu \in Y=\{-1,0,3 \}$}}\label{chap:4}
\input{chapters/chapter4}

\onehalfspacing
\chapter{Existence of a Suitable Pair \textbf{$(M,k_0)$}}\label{chap:5}
\input{chapters/chapter5}

\onehalfspacing
%\cleardoublepage
\phantomsection
\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Bibliography}
\bibliographystyle{plain}
\bibliography{reference}

\end{document}

I have been advised by the Graduate school that "\input{UQPreliminary.tex}" which contains their preliminary pages set by the university does not meet their requirement.

  1. First they said it is still not 1.5 spacing when I clearly placed a "\onehalfspacing" command above "\input{UQPreliminary.tex}". But according to them it is not.

  2. They said I need to use either Arial or Times New Roman as the font type in my thesis. So I use "\usepackage{mathptmx}" and it did change the preliminary pages to Times New Roman, unfortunately messed up all the mathematics symbol I am using in my thesis for instance \mathcal{S} is a different symbol now. Is there a way I can fix this? or any advice of the best way I can deal with this to make sure the thesis has Arial or Times New Roman font but does not mess up the mathematics symbol I have.

  3. Another issue is regarding the margin. It should be 20mm margins consistently throughout the thesis. How do I set this?

Thank you.

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  1. Maybe they mean "Microsoft Word 1.5 spacing", which you get with \setstretch{1.5}.
  2. mathptmx is considered outdated. The recommended replacement is using the packages newtxtext and newtxmath. You will not get the real Times New Roman, but some Times clone. It depends on how picky they are, whether that is acceptable.

Or you could try to use lualatex or xelatex and the with fontspec you can use the real fonts. But that might give some clashes with other packages that you use. And you might still have to use newtxmath for the math. Then you have to use fontspec with the no-math option.

Math symbols that you don't like can be changed with \DeclareMathSymbol.

  1. For the margins, use \usepackage{margin=20mm]{geometry}. You probably also want to set some other parameters.
  • Thank you for your answer. 1) worked well!! Great!! . For point 2) can I some how use newtxtext or newtxmath only for "\input{UQPreliminary.tex}". Because the grad school said the rest of the thesis can be of any font, it is just the preliminary pages they care about. – shahrina ismail Jan 6 '17 at 1:58
  • Also I can seem to use \usepackage{margin=20mm]{geometry} because it clashes with \setlength{\textwidth}{16cm} \setlength{\oddsidemargin}{0pt} \setlength{\evensidemargin}{0pt} \setlength{\parskip}{3mm} \setlength{\parindent}{0mm} – shahrina ismail Jan 6 '17 at 2:12
  • Yes, of course, if you set the margins and the paper size then the \textwidth and the \...margins follow from that. But you can still set \parskip and \parindent. – Pieter van Oostrum Jan 6 '17 at 6:14

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