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On Mar 9, 2010, at 2:56 PM, Joseph R. Grill wrote:

This may seem a bit basic, but I am hoping I can put together a written report which will include type written equations which will show correct notations, roman numerals, superscripts, subscripts etc etc. Just as soon not have to purchase anything. Any suggestions?
Depends on whether you've purchased Microsoft Word already. If you have, you've already got what it takes. There are cheaper word processors and you'll have a learning curve to use the program features to do what you want. You need to decide how many reports with equations and subscripts and such that you'll ever write. If you're only going to do one, then Word is overkill, and you should probably do it manually or with a typewriter. If you figure you'll be doing more than 2 or 3 reports, it's worth learning Word.

There are cheaper word processors out there and ways of forming equations and subscripts from built-in math symbols, but it takes time to learn how to do it well. Just don't forget that the fancier the typography the longer the learning curve. You can try open source word processors <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Category:Free_word_processors> like OpenOffice.org Writer which apparently does all that stuff or maybe Google Docs has what you need. They all have advantages and disadvantages that you'll have to assess for yourself.

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