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What is the difference between \over and \frac?

What is the difference between {some-expression}\over{another-expression} and \frac{some-expression}{another-expression} ? Which is preferable?
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How do I typeset arbitrary fractions like the standard symbol for .5 = ½?

I know I've seen somewhere how to typeset 1/2 as ½, but with arbitrary fractions (that is, a macro that takes two arguments and makes the first denominator and the second numerator...). Now I can't ...
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Improved kerning in fractions?

Question How can I apply selective kerning within the numerator and denominator of an inline fraction? Specifically, I'd like to: Tighten kerning after the numerator if it ends in 7 Loosen kerning ...
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How to get a little frac

I am wondering how to make a fraction in LaTeX small enough to fit on a line, or at least just a little larger. I could have sworn I had seen this before but I just cannot find it. In particular, I ...
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Guidelines for typesetting fractions

I realize that this question is to some extent subjective. However, I suspect that there are some common standards regarding how fractions ought to be typeset in mathematics. The guide Mathematical ...
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How to increase row height while using booktabs?

I'm making a table using booktabs. One of the columns contains a series of fractions. \documentclass[12pt, letterpaper]{article} \usepackage{nag} \usepackage[margin=1.0in]{geometry} ...
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Smaller fractions in displayed formulae?

How do you make script-sized fractions in display mode? In certain cases, I find that \frac-based fractions are too large for my tastes in displayed formulae. For example, I feel that the fractions ...
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Cross Multiplying Two Fractions with Ovals Around the Appropriate Terms

I would like to implement something akin to the following in LaTeX, perhaps in tikz. I would be very grateful for any help.
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How would you name these fraction macros?

I've got four macros now for typesetting fractions in text mode. The first writes them horizontally (shilling style, with a hyphen), the second writes them diagonally, the third writes them ...
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Frac or inference rule with dotted line

I would like to have a \frac or mathpartir-style inference rule with a dotted rather than solid line, so that I can put fractions into inference rules without overloading horizontal bar. The ...
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Aesthetic issue in fractions

While I was typing a document related to special relativity, I came across this slight misalignment in \frac{V}{c}(shown with huge text size so that the effect is easily seen) The 'problem' is that ...
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Reformat \frac depending on numerator/denominator size difference

Is it possible to detect cases where the second argument of \frac is much smaller than the first argument, and split it? Namely (I'm using a new macro name \wfrac to simplify things), \wfrac{x}{2} % ...
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How to make fractions in powers look good

Quick question. When I type $e^{\frac{1}{2x}}$ it makes the fraction very small and hard to read. However when I type $e^{\displaystyle\frac{1}{2x}}$ it makes the fraction way to big. I guess in ...
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How to print \frac{1}{2} by a single Unicode character?

I am looking for a command which would print simple fractions like 1/2, 1/3 etc using glyphs available in modern TTF/OTF fonts. Ideally, I want this command to output ordinary \frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{3} ...
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Align denominator of fraction to left

The highlighted part has the equation centred, which looks rather imbalance with the top equation, is it possible to align the highlighted part to the left? Below is the code I am using. ...
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Proper display of fractions

Have a look at the following code: \documentclass[letterpaper]{article} \usepackage{amsmath,amssymb} \begin{document} $2-\frac{2}{1-\left(\frac{2}{2-\frac{2}{x^2}}\right)}$\quad ...
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displaystyle, dfrac, dcases

Am I correct in saying that the dcases environment replaces \frac with \dfrac? The replacement only occurs at the outer-most level of \frac, so if I have \documentclass{article} ...
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How to typeset a continued fraction in the following format?

How does one typeset the following continued fraction as shown below? Source: Notes on continued fractions and recurrence sequences by Alfred van der Poorten. Note: Alf van der Poorten's style is ...
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\frac command: height of the numerator vs height of denominator

I have the following code: \begin{equation} \underline{W}^1_{\,q,\rho} = \left\lceil \frac{\sum\limits_{v \in Q, v \neq q}\underline{C}_{\,v} + \sum\limits_{i=\rho+1}^{|\Omega^{(U)}_q|}p_i+ ...
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How and whether to fine-tune the vertical placement of a fraction line

This is a question about the aesthetics of mathematical typesetting, as well as a technical question about LaTeX. I'm writing a lot of expressions like this: (\log\frac{p_{i\to j}}{p_{j\to i}} in ...
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Annotating individual math terms with braces

I am trying to annotate individual terms of a mathematical expression, as depicted below. The problem I get is that the comment seems to be taken as part of the fraction, which unnecessarily extends ...
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TikZ Fill for Fraction Diagram

I'm trying to shade in one third of this circle. Obviously, it's not working. What did I do wrong? I got no error messages for either of my attempts in the code below, but neither filled anything ...
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How can you change the width of a fraction bar?

I have an equation using fractions of fractions - much like \frac{\frac{a}{b}}{\frac{c}{d}} However, all of the fraction bars are the same width. I'd like to make the central bar wider than the ...
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Correct typesetting of a formula with a long fraction

I have a two-column document and as you can see a long mathematical formula, consisting of a fraction, can't fit in the column width. What I don't know is what is the right way to typeset such kind ...
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Legendre symbol in theory of numbers

How can I get a Legendre symbol , which just used the dashed line instead of the fractional rule?
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Automatically add fractions and reduce the result (if neccessary)

I'm trying to figure out how to reduce fractions. Adding fractions is no problem, see this example: \documentclass[parskip]{scrartcl} \usepackage[margin=15mm]{geometry} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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Vertical spacing between numerator and division symbol in \dfrac

How can I fix the vertical spacing between the numerator and the division symbol when entering fractions. Eg. in the following code, the spacing between a and the division symbol is greater than one ...
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New command in TeX for fraction

Now I need to redefine the fractions as follows By writing \fr{2,3}, we get $\frac{2}{3}$. How can I achieve this? I have tried \newcommand{\fr}[1,2]{\frac{#1}{#2}} but got wrong.
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too little space between the bar on the denominator and the horizontal line

Please see below: There is too little space between the horizontal line from \frac and the bar from \bar{h_1}. So, it is a little hard to read. Any alternative way to represent the upper bar? And, ...
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How do I typeset continued fractions in Pringsheim's concise notation?

I would like to obtain the following formatting so as to write continued fractions in my equations without wasting vertical space. What I need is one command named \cFrac which writes one fraction ...
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Fraction with longer line

I'm trying to display some axioms and operational rules with LaTeX. Those are basically . They work quite well when used with frac, but it's not really nice, I'd like the fraction line to be a bit ...
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Nicer alignment of x^*/2

I'm trying to typeset $\frac{x^*}{2}$, but I can't find a (simple) way to make the alignment look nice. So far, I've tried the following: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \begin{equation} ...
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Underbrace in denominator with () [] {} (howto)

I would like to put an underbrace correctly under the denominator of a expression but what I get is wrong because of the (). Alternatively I create another line in the text ...
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How to improve the looks of a fraction?

We may notice that the numerator and denominator in the following fraction are not aligned. And, to me it does not look good. How to align the numerator and denominator? \documentclass{article} ...
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Color fraction bar

What would be the easiest way to create a fraction whose bar can be coloured as desired? I know one can use the \genfrac{left-delim}{right-delim}{thickness}{mathstyle}{numerator}{denominator} command ...
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If fractions are Inner atoms, why don't they have thin spaces on either side?

The TeXbook says that fractions are Inner atoms. But if so, they don't seem to have thin spaces on either side when Inner atoms have them. For instance, in \documentclass{article} ...
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Text-mode in fractions?

I want to have written words in a fraction but to have them in correct fraction form and not crude-looking. So, I have; $\displaystyle\frac{Actual Value of Production}{Demand}$ x $100$ But it ...
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Subscripts in partial derivatives

I would like to print the partial derivative operator $\frac{\partial}{\partial k_x}$, but the spacing and the length of the bar bug me a little. I would really like the fraction to be typeset as ...
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How to change horizontal alignment of \frac?

Typing \frac{W+W^*}{2} gives a fraction in which the denominator appears to the eye to be in the wrong position. Is there a way to correct this, i.e. place the 2 in under the + (without using ...
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How to properly subscript in a superscripted fraction?

the title says it all. It attached a MWE to display the different relative sizes of a subscript within a normal fraction and a superscripted fraction. As you can see, in the superscripted fraction the ...
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array within frac, using nath package

I use the nath package to get automatically-sized delimiters, but it breaks having a \begin{array}{…}…\end{array} within a \frac{}{} (simply removing the \usepackage{nath} below fixes the example, but ...
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How to eliminate the gaps before and after \frac{}{}?

The macro \frac add a gap (approx 1.2pt) before and after the whole fraction. You could compare \[\frac{1}{1}\frac{1}{1}\frac{1}{1}\frac{1}{1}\frac{1}{1}\frac{1}{1}\frac{1}{1}\frac{1}{1}\] and ...
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Increase size of fractions on multiple lines

Inside a matrix, I have some very loaded (subscripts, greek letters, \breve) fractions: \begin{equation} Q_r = \begin{bmatrix} \frac{\partial \breve{y}_r}{\partial \theta_1}\bigg|_{t_1} & ...
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How do I typeset a fraction of Young tableaux?

How do I typeset a fraction of Young tableaux so that the fraction is nicely spaced and diagonal? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{nicefrac} \usepackage{xfrac} \usepackage{youngtab} % for Young ...
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How to vertically center the fraction line?

I feel a bit weird because this is a really simple issue that apparently nobody has brought up so far but I find that very simple fractions produce output that looks vertically unbalanced. The ...
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A special fraction macro with raised fraction bar

I need to create a macro which allows me to get a fraction with a raised fraction bar. In a first approach, I mean to create two boxes (numerator and denominator), separated by a fixed horizontal rule ...
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derivative with respect to a vector

\[ \frac{\partial f} {\partial \left( \begin{array}{l} x \\ y \\ z \end{array} \right) } \] gives Can you help me to improve this by reducing the size of the denominator?
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Elegant fractions in one line

What solution do you think is more elegant for a simple fraction that should be displayed in just one line? My examples are $x_F \equiv \frac{p_z}{p^{\rm MAX}_{z}} = \frac{p_z}{\sqrt{s}/2}$ $x_F ...
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How to get a vertical bar which is the exact size of the object?

I wish to use two vertical bars to sandwich a whole object: What I found is that (Failure 1) if I use usual \mid or \rvert or |, it is too small. (Failure 2) if I use usual \left| or ...
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how to place text on fraction for accounting formulas?

Sorry for the bad grammar. English is not my native language. I want to have text on a fraction type line to show up in an accounting formula, here's an example of what I want: So, I've tried ...