# Post: Reactive discussion¶

Goals of session are to give an overview of a number of minor issues I am used to seeing when students write LaTeX.

Ask students to pick a subject and we will write a “small paper” on this subject.

Using the example, aim to write a report but showcase the following things in LaTeX:

Discuss referencing, specifically highlighting Mendeley and what it does.

Discuss using columns:

\usepackage{multicol} \begin{multicols}{2} \begin{align} p_n &= \left(1 - \frac{1}{n + 1}\right)\left(\frac{1}{n - 1}\right)\\ p_n &= \left(\frac{n + 1 - 1}{n + 1}\right)\left(\frac{1}{n - 1}\right)\\ p_n &= \frac{n}{(n + 1)(n - 1)}\\ p_n &= \frac{n}{(n^2 - 1)} \end{align} \columnbreak Using Python to verify the algebra: \begin{minted}{python} import sympy as sym n = sym.symbols('n') p_n = (1 - 1 / (n + 1)) * (1 / (n - 1)) p_n.simplify() \end{minted} \end{multicols}

Discuss uploading figures from code to overleaf:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt plt.figure() plt.scatter(range(5), range(20)) plt.savefig("plot.pdf")

Then upload the picture to overleaf and include in document.

Including tables in LaTeX:

- Get some data and create a pandas dataframe.
- Get pandas to convert that to LaTeX. Copy and paste but also show how to write to file and copy that in and use input.

**REMIND STUDENTS ABOUT THE PLAN NEXT WEEK**