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\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
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\textwidth16.5cm %amount of usable space on the page (and save trees)
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\newcommand{\question}[2] {\vspace{.25in} \hrule\vspace{0.5em}
\noindent{\bf #1: #2} \vspace{0.5em}
\hrule \vspace{.10in}}
\renewcommand{\part}[1] {\vspace{.10in} {\bf (#1)}}
\newcommand{\myname}{Write your name here!}
\newcommand{\myandrew}{write-your-andrew-id-here@andrew.cmu.edu}
\newcommand{\myhwnum}{homework-number-here}
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\lhead{\fancyplain{}{\textbf{HW\myhwnum}}} % Note the different brackets!
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\begin{document}
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\begin{center} % Center the following lines
{\Large 15-150 Assignment \myhwnum} \\
\myname \\
\myandrew \\
Your recitation section \\
The date \\
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\question{1}{Mathematical Symbols}
This is an example of an answer to a homework question. In your
answer, you may want to use a variety of mathematical symbols:
% this is one way to make a list. Another would be to say
% \begin{enumerate} and \end{enumerate}, which would give numbers instead
% of bullets to the items
\begin{itemize}
\item Fractions: $\frac{2}{3}$ %don't need curly braces for single chars; could have typed \frac23
\item Binomial coefficients: $\binom{n}{k} = 10$
\item Subscripts and superscripts: $t_0$, $t^2$, $t_0^{2/3}$,
\item Greek letters: $\alpha$, $\beta$, $\gamma$, $\lambda$, $\Pi$, $\pi$.
\item Summations: $\sum_{i=1}^n i = \frac{n(n+1)}2$.
\end{itemize}
You can refer to Leslie Lamport's ``\LaTeX\ User's Guide and
Reference Manual'' for more useful info on mathematical typesetting
with \LaTeX. Pages 42-46 outline many of the useful math symbols
and functions.
Another good reference for the mathematical symbols of \LaTeX\ is
``Inessential LaTeX'' by the MIT SIPB group. Find it on the Web at
\verb|http://www.mit.edu/afs/sipb/project/doc/latex/guide.PS|
\question{2}{Little Gauss's Formula}
This is another example of a question. In this case, it's
a multi-part question.
\part{a} Recall {\em Little Gauss's formula}:
% equations are automatically centered!
\begin{eqnarray}
\sum_{i=1}^n i = {\frac{n(n+1)}2} % as usual, liberal use of curly braces...
\label{little-gauss} % labelled so we can refer to this formula by number
\end{eqnarray}
\part{b} Now, equation \ref{little-gauss} can be proven by induction as
follows:
\begin{itemize}
\item {\bf Base case}: $n=1$: $1 = 1(2)/2=1$.
\item {\bf Inductive hypothesis}: assume the equation holds for $n=2...k$.
\item {\bf Inductive step}: for $n=k+1$, we have
\begin{eqnarray*} % the star suppresses the equation numbers
\sum_{i=1}^{k+1} i = (k+1) + \sum_{i=1}^k i
\end{eqnarray*}
Using the inductive hypothesis, we can substitute for the second term
on the righthand side:
\begin{eqnarray*}
\sum_{i=1}^{k+1} i &=& (k+1) + k(k+1)/2\\
&=& {\frac{{2k+2 + k(k+1)}}2}\\
&=& {\frac{{k^2 + 3k + 2}}2}\\
&=& {\frac{(k+1)(k+2)}2}
\end{eqnarray*}
% notice \\ to indicate newline and the &=& to line up the equals signs
\end{itemize}
Lo and behold! The last line shows that for $n=k+1$, little Gauss'
formula still holds for $n=k+1$! We've showed that the formula holds
for $n=1$, and we've shown that if it holds for $n=k$ it must hold for
$n=k+1$. Therefore, it must hold for all $n$.
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