In LaTeX it is possible to make presentations using the document class
beamer. An empty presentation looks as follows:
To make slides you can use the
frame environment with the title of
your slide as the single argument. For example one could write (inside
This gives a title slide and two slides with a header and some text.
To order the information in your presentation you can use the
itemize environments. The
environment is a
beamer specific environment which can be used in the
The block’s header can be removed by adding an empty group
column environment it is possible to place objects next to
each other. We will show how to make two columns 3cm wide.
If you want the elements of your slide to appear one by one you can use
\pause. This command can be placed almost anywhere in the code. For
example between two
or in an
Previously we used the beamer theme
Copenhagen. More themes can be
found in the Beamer Theme
Matrix. Try adding the
following lines in the preamble.
A beamer template in the style of the University of Amsterdam can be found here.
On Blackboard a sample
.tex document can be found which you can use
for your presentation.
Try to deliver one message to your fellow students; if you succeed doing just that, your presentation is already a success. If you want your audience to remember something, tell it early on in your presentation.
A presentation is a story that the presenter tells the audience. The
beamer slides only serve to support that story. Don’t write down
everything that you want to tell, filter the content. Try to replace
text by pictures where possible.
Abstract definitions can be hard for the audience to grasp immediately. Illustrate definitions using examples. Sometimes it is convenient to give an example before stating the formal definition.
You only get 5 minutes for this presentation. Keep this in mind when creating the presentation and make sure to practise it to ensure its length is good. Also keep the length in mind when choosing the number of frames.