# How to put a list and an equation side by side

I'd like to get a list and an equation side by side so that I fill the page width better for aesthetic reasons, I've tried the following but doesn't compile:

\begin{tabular}{cc}
Known values:
\begin{enumerate}[i.]
\item $I_0 = 1nA = 1\cdot 10^{-9} A$
\item $T_1=20$
\item $T_2=0$
\item $T_2=100$\\
\end{enumerate}
&$I=I_0\cdot (e^{\frac{q\cdot v}{k_{bT}}}-1)$\\
\end{tabular}


I'm not very familiar with the tabular environment so I may have missed something or not done something necessary properly. Any help or alternatives would be greatly appreciated.

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## 2 Answers

The enumerate environment would need to go into a vertical box to fix this. There are lots of ways to do this, I think the simplest is to change your column type to p{<width>} and then specify the width; I've used .5\textwidth below to represent 'half of the textwidth'

\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}

\noindent\begin{tabular}{p{.5\textwidth}c}
Known values:
\begin{enumerate}
\item $I_0 = 1nA = 1\cdot 10^{-9} A$
\item $T_1=20$
\item $T_2=0$
\item $T_2=100$
\end{enumerate}
&$I=I_0\cdot (e^{\frac{q\cdot v}{k_{bT}}}-1)$\\
\end{tabular}
\end{document}


Other options include using a vbox, minipage, or parbox, but I think my displayed method is easiest (based on what you have already); explore as you see fit :)

As a side note, to customize any list environment, I would highly recommend the enumitem package, which would allow you to use

\begin{enumerate}[label*=\roman*.]


or, set it globally in the preamble using

\setlist[enumerate]{label*=\roman*}


For a vertically centred equation alignment, you could consider using the array package's m column specification:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{array}% http://ctan.org/pkg/array
\usepackage{enumerate}% http://ctan.org/pkg/enumerate
\begin{document}
\noindent
\begin{tabular}{@{}m{.5\linewidth}@{}p{.5\linewidth}@{}}
Known values: \\
\begin{enumerate}[i.]
\item $I_0 = 1nA = 1\cdot 10^{-9} A$
\item $T_1=20$
\item $T_2=0$
\item $T_2=100$
\end{enumerate} &
\centering $I=I_0\cdot (e^{\frac{q\cdot v}{k_{bT}}}-1)$
\end{tabular}
\end{document}​

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@cmhughes this works perfectly however I'd like to know if there is a way to centre the equation part (so it isn't aligned with the known values but rather at the same height as 2. and 3.) as in Benedikt Bauer's answer, your syntax is shorter so I'd rather use it if possible. Great answers from both though! – Oyibo Oct 12 '12 at 16:00
Thanks Werner and cmhughes, perfect answer! – Oyibo Oct 12 '12 at 16:13
@Oyibo happy to help :) – cmhughes Oct 12 '12 at 16:18

What about putting your enumeration and equation into two side-by-side minipages instead of tables? As you prefer alignement of the two elements at their top, I added some top alignment (cf. Understanding minipages - aligning at top).

Unfortunately then it is no longer possible to set the equation as displayed equation because the space above the equation would inhibit the correct alignment. This again could be fixed by putting a \displaystyle within the equation

\documentclass{standalone}
\begin{document}
\noindent
\begin{minipage}[t]{.5\linewidth}
\begin{enumerate}
\item $I_0 = 1nA = 1\cdot 10^{-9} A$
\item $T_1=20$
\item $T_2=0$
\item $T_2=100$
\end{enumerate}
\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}[t]{.5\linewidth}
$I=I_0\cdot (e^{\frac{q\cdot v}{k_{bT}}}-1)$
\end{minipage}
\end{document}


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Great answer too, if I were able to accept two great answers I would have accepted both, accepted the first on the basis that it was the quickest to be posted, thanks again! – Oyibo Oct 12 '12 at 16:15
No worries, maybe it will help someone else! – Benedikt Bauer Oct 12 '12 at 16:22
I edited your post: changed $t$ to [t]; I don't think the standalone package is appropriate here, but I suppose it doesn't hurt :) I changed .49\textwidth to .5\textwidth which is fine as long as you end the first minipage with % to avoid an extra space which leads to an overfull hbox – cmhughes Oct 12 '12 at 19:09
The $t$ was not intended. Looks like my TeX editor did some stuff that I hadn't asked for ;-). The trick with the % at the end is really nice... Thanks for the edit! – Benedikt Bauer Oct 12 '12 at 19:34
you're welcome :) don't forget to use the @  symbol when pinging someone, e.g @BenediktBauer :) – cmhughes Oct 12 '12 at 21:55