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I am new to TeX and am using scribtex to write a maths paper. When I put the followng code, the equation number is automatically displayed on the left, instead of in the right as is usually done. What is the problem and how do I fix it?

Let us consider a spherical symmetric metric in curvature coordinates:
ds^2=-e^\lambda dr^2-r^2(d\theta^2+\sin^2\theta d\phi^2)+e^\nu dt^2

The output I get is


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"What is the problem ..." Hmmm! Aren't you the one to tell us? – Svend Tveskæg Feb 15 '15 at 9:38
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Add the reqno document class option to your current file:


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This will override the default left equation numbering scheme of the amsart document class. The following, taken from the AMS document class documentation provides some background (p 7):

Equation numbering on the left or right

The option leqno - equation numbers on the left - is the default in AMS styles. Therefore we provide also a reqno option.

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leqno and reqno are options of all document classes. I think your answer is too localized to amsart. – Marco Daniel Oct 26 '11 at 11:31
@MarcoDaniel: I don't read the answer as implying that the leqno applies only to the amsart package; the answer was merely taking the OP's specific example and showed how to add the required option. – Mico Oct 26 '11 at 12:04
@Mico: The answer is correct. My sentence based on the part default left equation numbering scheme of the amsart – Marco Daniel Oct 26 '11 at 12:34
Assume one has put leqno in the preample. Can one change the position to the right locally in one equation? – Mappi Dec 10 '14 at 15:09

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