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I am using LaTeXila in Ubuntu and I want to center my math equation so I have this written:

$\[ 2^{10} \]$

But when I try to compile into PDF, it outputs the error:

Bad math environment delimeter

How do I get it to center math text properly? Thanks

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This is not valid latex syntax. You have to omit both dollar-signs to achieve what you want. – user1146332 Jan 30 '13 at 8:07
@user1146332 wow thanks, such an easy fix. – Richard Jan 30 '13 at 8:09
$<math>$ is for inline mathematical expressions. – Svend Tveskæg Jan 30 '13 at 8:16
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

will give you inline math, i.e., a formula in the middle of the text.

\[ 2^{10} \]

will give you display math, i.e., a formula separated from the text, and centered.

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