Ben_Allgeier wrote:In general, what is the best way for typing math for the lectures. For example, do you use a text cell and hit control + 9 to start an inline math mode? Where she has the sequence notation {a_n} they look bigger than the surrounding text. What is a convenient way to make all such math text the same and bigger like that?
Ben, there are a couple of different approaches you could take. If you start a text cell and then create an inline math cell, the size of the typeset math will be governed by the default setting for font size for text cells in your notebook (along with some other internal settings). If you want to make your math typesetting bigger, you can highlight the typeset portion and change the font size. However, that could get arduous if you have lots of typesetting that you need to enlarge. On the other hand, you could change the setting for text in your document's stylesheet to be larger by default, but this will have the effect of increasing the size of
all text, not just typeset expressions, so that won't help if the goal is to make the mathematics stand out (in terms of size) from surrounding text.
I think the best option is to create a new cell style in your notebook that has a large default font size, and then use that cell style when creating typeset mathematics for your lectures. You can use this cell style for both cells that
only consist of typeset mathematics (by creating or converting a cell to that new style), or for inline math as well (simply create your inline math, highlight it, and then choose Format > Style >
new cell style to have that formatting be applied). Then, if you should want to make changes (a different size, color, typeface, font, etc.) in the future, you can simply edit the cell style definition in the stylesheet and those changes will immediately populate throughout your notebook. I've uploaded a notebook, BigMathCellExample.nb, that has an example of a cell style you can use, and you can download it here:
http://members.wolfram.com/mmorrison/FacultyProgram.htmlLet me know if that helps!
Thanks,
Michael