{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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mathtools vs amsmath

I read on http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Mathematics: The mathtools package fixes some amsmath quirks and adds some useful settings, symbols, and environments to amsmath. It sounds like ...
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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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Not equal sign (≠) with a vertical bar

Is it possible to get a \neq but with a vertical bar instead of a slanted one? There are inequality operators like AMS's \gvertneqq that feature this kind of "not equal" but not without mixing it with ...
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how to select math font in document

I want to show in one document different font examples of math fonts, for example Latin Modern, Times and Charter. I know the command \usefont{T1}{lmr}{m}{n}, but have no idea how to combine that ...
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Non italic math mode symbols?

I would like to insert a \mu command to form $\mu$ m (micro meters) i.e. as a unit, not a variable. This means I do not want \mu to be italic. However, LaTeX only accepts the \mu command in math-mode ...
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\overbrace with square bracket

I'm trying to put a nice square bracket over a complex text, it should look like an \overline but with ending like \ulcorner and \urcorner. The presence of \overrightarrow and \overleftarrow makes me ...
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\xRightarrow (text)

I know it's possible to have \xrightarrow (text), but if I try to do \xRightarrow (text) I get an error each time. Does anybody know if it's a syntax error or if there is a other way to produce 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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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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How to use more than 10 tab stops in \bmatrix?

I'm using bmatrix environment from the amsmath package, and I'm trying to do something like this: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \begin{equation} ...
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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 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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\boxed{}, TikZ and colored equation background

I wonder if someone could provide me with a simple MWE for using TikZ together with \boxed to produce a colored equation background. If possible with rounded corners. I am using \boxed{} inside the ...
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How can I prevent LaTeX from breaking inline formulas globally?

I am using the acmsmall template and my inline formulas are being broken at equal signs and arrows; how can I prevent them from being typeset like that globally (i.e. without having to put tildes ...
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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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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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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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tilde over a symbol Phi

Please suggest me a way to put tilde over a symbol phi. I can easily put it over a letter but coming to the case of symbols, it is giving problems. Thanks in advance.
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Is \mathrm really preferable to \text? [duplicate]

It seems to be the de facto standard to use \mathrm for upright letter notation in math mode as opposed to \text. Would it not be better to use \text in general? One particular problem I am thinking ...
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How can I prevent inline math formulas from overflowing into the margin?

When I compile my document in LaTeX, some formulas in the document in math mode, between $ $, go into the right margin area beyond all the text. Is there a way to fix this aesthetic problem?
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Typesetting Right-to-Left math

UPDATE: I've managed to produce something that is aesthetically correct, however with a lot of "hardcoding" and trial and error to manually measure my spaces. Not to mention that I have to write my ...
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Is there a difference between the `displaymath` and `equation*` environments?

The amsmath documentation says Basic LaTeX doesn’t provide an equation* environment, but rather a functionally equivalent environment named displaymath. Are they really the same or is there a ...
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There's a bump in the implies glyph

Edit: I understand this question has been marked as a duplicate, but the question I linked to doesn't have a solution for me (unless I'm missing something obvious, which is likely). The effect is ...
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Upright Lowercase $\pi$

On pg. 144 of Kopka and Daily's A Guide to LaTeX, they mention that the symbols $e$, $i$, $d$, and $\pi$ should be displayed upright in math mode (for their usual uses). This is easy to do for $e$, ...
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$a,\ b$, and $c$ vs. $a$, $b$, and $c$

If I want to list three constants a, b, c, it appears that both lines in the following MWE produce the same visual results, at least in the MWE itself and in all the experiments I have conducted: ...
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Footnote in math mode

How can I insert a footnote into math mode? I tried this (with required packages) \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{hyperref} \usepackage{ccaption} And i.e if I try \begin{eqnarray} foo && ...
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making a big summation sign

how can I make a big summation sign ? ‎\begin{align}‎ ‎\cos x‎ ‎=‎ ‎‎\sum\limits‎_‎{n=0}^{‎\‎‎infty‎} ‎\frac{(ix)^2n‎}{(2n)!}‎‎ \end{align}‎ this is the code which I'm using for summation
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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 ...
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Why use the control sequences \bigl, \biggl, \bigr or \biggr, as I can always use \big or \bigg?

If my manuscript file has $$\biggl({\partial^2\over \partial x^2}+ {\partial^2 \over \partial y^2}\biggr)\bigl|\varphi(x+iy)\bigr|^2 = 0$$ or $$\bigg({\partial^2\over \partial x^2}+ ...
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How to typeset indices before a symbol?

I know how to write a usual index with the help of the underscore, but I seem to be unable to find out how to write an (upper/lower) index in front of a letter/text. These kind of indices are common ...
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Underscore in textmode vs mathmode

I use _ character often in text mode, so I changed category of underscore: \catcode\_=12, but that applies also to mathmode and now I'm unable to make subscripts with underscore in mathmode. Is there ...
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Create a new math mode

Motivation When I use math mode inside of itemize environments for multiline equations, I have to do something like the following ... \begin{itemize} \item $\begin{aligned}[t] equation stuff ...
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What's the most elegant way to obtain Dirac operators? (slash notation)

What's the best way to achieve the Dirac slash notation for Dirac operators (contraction with Gamma matrices)? I would have thought the AMSmath packages would have this built in somewhere. (The ...
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How do I use a circle as a math accent (larger than \mathring)?

To denote the interior of a set, I'd like to have a command \interior. Now, as one can learn from this post, one possibility is to use \mathring. This is a neat command, but it produces a circle that ...
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Remove all math for spelling and grammar checking

I'm compiling a LaTeX file to pdf and then I use a pdf to text converter to convert the file to plain text. I then use LanguageTool to do grammar checking on that plain text file. The LaTeX source has ...
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How can I create a new extensible symbol?

Given an arbitrary thin vertical symbol, can I create a new math delimiter from it (and if so, how)? Edit: Ideally, I would like to be able to create an extensible symbol, either built out an ...
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Proper use of \mathchoice

I am trying to learn how to use \mathchoice. Before the solution was posted for Non-invasive replacement for \fbox?, I attempted to use mathchoice to adjust the size of the parameter before ...
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What does the tilde character (~) do in math mode?

What effect does the tilde character ~ have in math mode? Is it the same non-breaking space that it is in text mode? Is it bad style to use ~ in math mode? I've seen it used in some examples but ...
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Why LaTeX uses upright uppercase Greek letters by default in math mode?

Why upper-case Greek letters are typeset in upright font, i.e., \mathrm? While at the same time, some upper-case Greek letters those are also Latin Letters ,e.g., A for $\Alpha$, B for $\Beta$, are ...
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1st, 2nd and i-th?

Assume I wish to refer to the i-th object, or the n-th function out of some set, where i and n are letters and not numbers (as in "Multiply the $j$th row with the $i$th column and store the result in ...
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double perpendicular symbol (for independence)

I found from http://jblevins.org/notes/latex that I could use the independence symbol: \newcommand\independent{\protect\mathpalette{\protect\independenT}{\perp}} ...
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Which command should I use for textual subscripts in math mode?

Textual subscripts like in W_{total} should be typeset in an upright text font (so that code isn't good practice), as has been discussed in various questions here. Now there are several ways to ...
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The right way to get sans-serif math?

I notice that beamer has everything in sans-serif by default, including math. In a regular article, simply using \sffamily doesn't cause math to be set in sans-serif. Using ...
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Elisions in mathematics

Knuth incorporated many of the typographical rules for mathematics in the TeX engine. However some rules were left out. One such case is the use of elisions in equations. Sometimes \cdots are used and ...
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How would one design a math font?

There are (some very nice) text fonts which do not have math support. Though there are ways to 'remedy' this, such as the mathastext package and some others, these are hardly satisfactory. All accents ...
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How do I write $\notin$ backwards?

I write $P \niton x$, but it does not work. How can I write the symbol $\notin$ backwards?
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How to typeset the limit of a sequence like so?

I want to write this: I tried with $x_n \to_{n \to 0} 0$ but the $n \to 0$ doesn't go under the right arrow, it goes under but on the right, and I want it under but in the center, as in the picture ...
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Double superscript error

I'm a relative beginner with Lyx. When I type in this code I'm hoping for T' to be followed by superscripts and subscripts. Instead I get a "double superscript" error when I try to view the pdf \[ ...