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I am trying to use alert within the AMS-math align environment, so that sets of equations uncover sequentially and are highlighted. I would expect something like this to work:

\alert<1>{a &= b+c} \\
\alert<1>{a &= b+c} \\ \pause
\alert<2>{a &= b+c} \\
\alert<2>{a &= b+c} \\

by highlighting the first two equations in the first slide and the next two in the next slide. I am doing something wrong? Or is there a different way to get this to work?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

It's explained in the Beamer manual, section 23.4:

\uncover<1->{\alert<1>{a} &\alert<1>{= b+c} \\}
\uncover<1->{\alert<1>{a} &\alert<1>{= b+c} \\}
\uncover<2->{\alert<2>{a} &\alert<2>{= b+c} \\}
\uncover<2->{\alert<2>{a} &\alert<2>{= b+c} \\}

This leaves a vertical space at the end of the display, a \vspace{-1.2\baselineskip} or so can remove it.

You can't say \alert<1>{a&=b+c} because this confuses the align scanning mechanism.

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Thanks! This is great. Do you know if there is a more streamlined way of doing this? Or maybe a way to automate this process? – tchakravarty Nov 28 '11 at 12:15

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