LaTeX is a typesetting system that allows for the easy creation of technical documents. It differs from traditional text editors in that you’re simultaneously offered complete customization of your document and the choice to not be concerned with formatting, allowing you to focus on the content of your writing. Integrated math typesetting, easy bibliography generation, and efficient styling are just some of the benefits of LaTeX over text editors like Word and Google Docs. Most of the scientific papers and textbooks you’re familiar with were probably written in LaTeX!
Getting LaTeX working on your computer is a bit more involved than installing Word, but it’s well worth the effort. If you want a desktop-based TeX editor, the easiest way is to install both a:
Some useful packages for STEM subjects have been compiled by CRAN. These packages may also be included in the distribution you downloaded.
siunitx – A comprehensive (SI) units package
listing – Produce formatted program (code) listings
graphicx – Enhanced support for graphics
natbib – Flexible bibliography support
Useful math packages: mathtools, amsthm, theorem, verbatim, amssymb, amsmath, gensymb
You can also find a sample assignment template here.