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Using LaTeX

This year the senior thesis class requires students to purchase George Grätzer's Math into LaTeX, an excellent introduction to and reference for writing mathematical documents using LaTeX.

The department also has several other manuals available that can be checked out from the math office. Online resources include a PDF version of The Not-So-Short Introduction to LaTeX (101 pages) and the department's TeX resources page.

Senior Thesis Class File

If you're planning to do all of your work with LaTeX on the department's machines, you don't need to copy the senior thesis class file, hmcthesis.cls or any images to your working directory. Instead, just put the line


at the top of your master TeX source file. TeX will be able to find the files within its search path.

This method is the preferred one, as any changes made to the class file or images as the year goes on will instantly propagate to your thesis as you retypeset it.

If you are planning to work on your own machine, you will need to download a copy of the class file and of the image files used by the class file. You will need to place these files in your TEXMF path or (more simply) in the directory for your thesis. You can download all the necessary files in tar.gz or ZIP format,

(You can also copy these files from /shared/local/share/texmf/tex/latex/hmcthesis/.)

Whichever path you choose, be sure to typeset your document against the officially installed hmcthesis class file before submitting it. If you don't, we may not be able to retypeset your thesis in the future.

Thesis Proposal Class File

The stprop.cls class file, for typesetting your thesis proposal, is also available for download. You'll probably also want the proposal template file.