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
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
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.