{math-mode} is about typesetting mathematical content, e.g. tweaking the appearance of spacing and symbols in a formula, or producing specific mathematical constructs. For questions about "wrapper" environments like equation or align, consider the tag {equations}.

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Best typesetting of formula

Consider the following example. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \newcommand*\mathsetfont{\mathbf} \newcommand*\DeclareMathSet[1]{% \expandafter\newcommand\csname ...
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Faster way of writing \mathbf

Is there a quicker way of doing boldface in math mode instead of typing out \mathbf{} each time? (It gets cumbersome when you denote simple vectors with boldface...)
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What does \right. do?

I have tried searching for \right. in many places but have not been able to decipher its magical properties. Many texts use the arcane symbol but none that I have found explain it. The composition of ...
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How to get a good “divisible by” symbol?

In addition to the "divides" relation, denoted b | a, there is also a "divisible by" relation expressing the converse (a is divisible by b), often designated with three vertical dots. Up until now, ...
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Why are so many symbols restricted to math mode?

A common beginner's mistake is to forget \(...\)/$...$ around symbols that require math mode. Why doesn't (La)TeX let people use isolated symbols in text mode by default? I am sure there are at ...
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Numbers outside Math environment

Should numbers inside the text be placed inside a math environment? For example, if I am writing ...indent code by 4 spaces..., should I write it this way or ...indent code by $4$ spaces...? ...
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Prevent line breaking in inline math, but allow flexible spacing

How can I easily tell Latex to prevent line-breaks inside a part of an inline formula, without affecting inter-word spacing? Writing something like $ab(c+d)$ in Latex is bad: Latex might put a line ...
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What exactly is a “single character” or “symbol” in math mode?

There are at least three instances where single symbols in math mode receive a special treatment by the TeX engine: 1. when accents are placed, 2. when a math operator is created with ...
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Lowercase \mathcal

The standard font used for \mathcal does not include any lowercase characters. The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbols List suggests redefining \mathcal to use Zapf Chancery. However I do not particularly ...
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A rather difficult ring like picture to be drawn

I desire a figure similar to the following: \documentclass[tikz,margin=10pt]{standalone} \usepackage{mathtools,amssymb} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[scale=2,transform shape] \draw (1,0) ...
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Macro for \left( and \right)

I know there has been discussion about this topic, but I haven't seen a working solution. Is it possible to define a macro within LaTeX, such that inside math mode, ( would produce \left( and ) would ...
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Strange default exponent positioning?

Why is this red exponent so far away from the right parenthesis? To my eye it is too far away. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor} \begin{document} ...
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Differences between \stackrel and \stackbin

What are the differences between \stackrel and \stackbin? In what situations is it better to use one or the other?
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Is it possible to use Linux Libertine as a mathematical font?

I recently heard that there is a package called unicode-math that makes it possible to use an ordinary TTF/OTF font for mathematic typesetting. To what degree is that possible with Linux Libertine? I ...
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Is there a circle symbol?

Is there a circle symbol for the composition of two functions? Or do I have to resort to using other ways to represent that?
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Equations in section heading/title

For reasons that are beyond me, the following MWE \documentclass{scrreprt} \usepackage{classicthesis-ldpkg} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \section{The values of $\beta$ for ...
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Bad positioning of math accents for the beamer standard font

With a recent TeX distribution, the easy answer to this question is "load the sansmathaccent package" (which is Ariel's implementation of my answer). Actually, the corrected font should be loaded ...
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Bold math: Automatic choice between \mathbf and \boldsymbol for Latin and Greek symbols?

This is a follow-up to this question. Suppose you want to denote vectors by upright bold letters; then \mathbf{u} works fine, except that if it's a Greek letter you have to use \boldsymbol{\omega} ...
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What's the best way make an “augmented” coefficient matrix?

When studying systems of linear equations, it's nice to remind people that the last column of the coefficient matrix holds the constants. This is often done in books by putting a vertical line ...
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Overlay symbol with another

Is it possible to overlay a symbol with another? I want to write an equal sign with a question mark overlayed (or the other way around). Note I don't want \stackrel{?}{=} I want the question ...
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How to put a big bracket under different parts of a equation so that I could write e.g. a text specific to that part in the equation?

How to put a big bracket under different parts of a equation so that I could write e.g. a text specific to that part in the equation? For example : f = x^3 + 2 |___| |__| | | ...
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maths nested superscripts and subscripts displayed incorrectly inline

I am having a strange bug when using nested superscripts and subscripts in inline math (displaystyle works fine). This behaviour is the same independently of the font used or the compiler (orginally ...
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Nice-looking p-th roots

When I take the pth root, the bottom of the p comes very close to the \sqrt symbol. In the New Century Schoolbook font (which I am using), the p actually intersects the \sqrt symbol, which looks even ...
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Getting a tikz picture to have an equation number

I make a lot of commutative diagrams and am trying to switch to Tikz from amcd,diagrams, etc. I often have to refer to these diagrams in the text and would rather have them as equations (i.e. with and ...
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Beamer: Uncover underbrace

I've got an underbrace (\underbrace{foo}_{bar}) which I want to uncover (i.e. foo should be there from the beginning, while the underbrace and the bar should be uncovered on the next slide. I've tried ...
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How to capture the current math style?

\mathchoice helps to distinguish between math styles: \mathchoice {<something in \displaystyle>} {<something in \textstyle>} {<something in \scriptstyle>} {<something in ...
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Sloppy \left and \right?

The \left and \right commands often produce improvidently large delimiters. It almost always looks better to use delimiters that are just slightly too small than delimiters that are too large. With ...
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Upper triangular matrix with big zero in lower triangular?

I can represent an upper trapezoidal matrix say as shown below. I would like to replace all those zeros with a single big zero that spans across the low triangle rows and columns, and maybe also add a ...
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How to get a \mid binary relation that grows

This question relates to one about getting a vertical bar longer than \mid. How to get a vertical bar which is longer than \mid ? However while the given \middle| solution works for me, it no longer ...
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Is there a difference between \ge and \geq (or equivalentely between \le and leq)?

I have always used \geq, but recently saw a document where the person uses \ge. Once compiled, they look the same, but I searched to see if there was any difference between the two or a guideline as ...
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How to do the 'curvy L' for Lagrangian or Laplace Transforms?

I am new to TeX, working on it for about 2 months. Have not yet figured out how to script the 'curvy L' for Lagrangian and/or for Laplace Transforms. As of now I am using the 'L' - which is not good! ...
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Dot Derivative Discrepancy

I am trying to typeset some higher-order time derivatives using the dot notation, and I've noticed something strange. The expressions $\dot y + y = \cos(\dot y)$ $\ddot y + y = \cos(\dot y)$ give ...
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Difference of the \dots*

I came to wonder, what is the difference between the following? \dotsc \dotso As well as between: \dotsb \dotsi \dotsm
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Symbol for Gaussian distribution

What is the symbol for the normal density function in LaTeX?
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The mysteries of \mathpalette

I would like to make a macro, \vfrac, which output would look like: $$\displaylines{ \displaystyle\raise.25ex\hbox{$\displaystyle1$}\!/\!\lower.5ex\hbox{$\displaystyle2$} \cr ...
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is there a “size-independent” method for overlaying two symbols to form a composite?

in this question a composite symbol "diamond plus" is requested for use with plain TeX. a good-looking version was provided, but it works in only one size. if the same symbol is needed for a title or ...
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Huge matrix in my document. Possible ways to make it look better?

The following is the source for a matrix I'm using in my document: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage[english]{babel} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} \usepackage{amsmath} ...
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How to change default for spacing around binary relations?

In TeX and LaTeX, the math binary relations (like =, \parallel, <, \le ...) have a default (rubber-length) spacing to either side, which is too large for my liking. How can reduce it?
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What do the pieces of LaTeX, \left and \right, respectively mean?

What are their uses and are they even standard?
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Percent sign in a box

Is it possible to make a symbol which is a % inside a square box? I would like to use it to represent the function f(n,m) = n-(n % m). As in n symbol m. Or... is there a better idea for this ...
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How do you get \mathbb{1} to work (characteristic function of a set)?

I am trying to get the digit one printed the \mathbb{} font in math mode, however the command \mathbb{1} outputs some rubbish. I certainly saw the character I am after in some pdf's generated from ...
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Unicode degree symbol ° in math formulas: \textdegree invalid in math mode

I'd like to be able to simply input a degree symbol as ° in my source code. German keyboards have a key for this, and it makes the source so much more readable. I'm using pdflatex from TeXLive 2012, ...
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typesetting modulus operator, as in remainder

Is there a standard way to typeset the modulus operator (as in arithmetic remainder)? The percent sign (%) is often used by programming languages and mathematicians tend to use mod, but because of the ...
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Automatic thousands separators?

I want to typeset big numbers with a separator (e.g a space or a ",") between hundreds and thousands, etc... For example 1 Million = 1 000 000. I know the package siunitx which does it very well, but ...
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Symbol for cube

I've searched the Internet, but got nothing. In LaTeX, we can use \square for square, but how can we get a cube, I want to use it in an equation. Here is the picture:
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How to turn a figure into a symbol?

I have some figures, for e.g., finite graphs, lattices or knots, that I have drawn in eps (or pdf) format. I would ideally love to have maps indexed by these figures. However, these figures are not ...
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Bold italic vectors

I am trying to display vectors as bold and italic. The command \mathbf sets the letters non-italic. I also googled a bit and stumbled upon \mathbf{\em y} or \mathbfit{y}, which all didn't work. I ...
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Square brackets in math mode without the bracket symbols

Is there a way to typeset a square bracket without using the symbols [ and ]? What I am looking for is like \vert instead of |. Motivation is a need for a workaround in using LaTeX formulas inside ...
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How to put a brace on the right, not left, to group cases?

How can I get a brace on the right, not the left, to group cases, using cases? (I know actual cases look better with the brace on the left, but the items I need to group are not literally cases. They ...
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Why does \[…\] do the wrong thing at the top of a page?

Upon reading What are the differences between $$, [, align, equation and displaymath?, I decided I really wanted to understand what was going on inside \[...\] and so I devised some tests. What I ...