{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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What is \mathchoice?

Can someone give me a detailed starters' guide to \mathchoice? I was trying to define commands for underscript and overscript (which I have found out to exist and be called \underset and \overset), ...
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\( \) don't work with TOC?

If i write this line of code \subsection{Ranger \( n \) boules distinguables dans \( M \) boîtes} I obtain an error over the second \) (./Probabilité.toc ./Probabilité.toc:8: LaTeX Error: Bad ...
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mathop shifts the baseline, DeclareMathOperator doesn't

Here is a little example that illustrates this strange behaviour: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \DeclareMathOperator\foo{\mathbf{l}} \begin{document} ...
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\ifmmode doesn't seem to work correctly inside an array environment

I’m struggling with getting \ifmmode to work correctly when used inside an array environment which is inside a displaymath environment. Here is a minimal example: \documentclass{article} ...
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Can I get $$…$$ to behave like \[…\]?

Is it possible to modify LaTeX so that good old $$...$$ behaves like \[...\] (and by this I mean that it should be synonymous to it). If yes: Dear LaTeX3 developer, please integrate this into LaTeX3! ...
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Define strange operators

I' looking for a symbol rendering the connected sum of $n$ topological spaces (or other quite strange topological operations) in a "product-like" manner... What For example in writing $$ ...
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Problem with typesetting maths content in an unusual font in beamer

I want to typeset math in different font called Antykwa Torunska, which supports maths. Unfortunately, when using it in beamer the math font is switched to the standard math font of beamer. How can I ...
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Automatic reduplication of equal sign in the beginning of broken formula

Suppose we have the following code \documentclass{article} \begin{document} $a=b=c=d=e=f=g=h=i=j=k=l=m=n=o=p=q=r=s=t=u=v=w=x=y=z$ \end{document} which produces the following result I want to have ...
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Displaying an equation in a list

How could one get a displayed equation inside a list environment, say itemize, so that the equation is both centered horizontally and on the same line as the bullet, but with the bullet still on the ...
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\sqrt: The vinculum and the rest of the radical are misaligned

When the height of the radicand exceeds a certain threshold, LaTeX replaces the check-sign-like part of the root sign with a more vertical one. This behavior has a flaw: The vertical replacement part ...
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How I can typeset this equation with LaTeX?

I would like to typeset the enclosed equation but placing the last a_{i, j} in the same column as the above a_{i, j}+1 and a_{i, j}-1, and the b_i in the same column as the above b_i's and not as it ...
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What is the best symbol for vector/matrix transpose?

What is the best or most popular symbol for vector/matrix transpose? I have used simply ^T, for example $c^T x$. I think it is ugly, mainly because it is a little too big compared with vector ...
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How to add a matrix to a LaTeX document

How do we add a matrix to a LaTeX document?
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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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Microtypography on equations

Is there a way to make all three lines of math in the code below take up the same amount of length by use of font expansion? I know too little about microtype to even see if it could offer a solution. ...
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{(x+y)}^2 or (x+y)^2?

This expression is just an example, of course. My question is: should one always specify the quantity being exponentiated by surrounding it with braces, or is it acceptable to drop those braces? ...
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How to have overlapping under-braces and over-braces

I am trying to typeset an equation that has overlapping over and under braces as per the image below: I have managed to typeset it using a sort of a hack, by typing the equation twice, once using ...
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What is the Necessity of $…$ Around Numbers?

I typed up an assignment with a lot of numbers in LaTeX and turned it in to my adviser. When he returned it to me with some corrections, one of which was a lot of $ around my numbers. I understand ...
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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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How to stack limits for maths operators?

I have a question on how is it possible to create a \sum with two lower limits directly positioned right underneath each other. I have tried hard and cant seem to get anywhere with it.
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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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Period after math-mode equation

If I write If $x \rightarrow y$, then $y \rightarrow z$. it looks fine. But if the sentence is more involved and formulas longer, I tend to change $...$ to \[...\]. In many cases I think the result ...
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How to align nested cases?

Please consider the code bellow: \begin{align*} function = \begin{cases} case1 &\mbox{if } n = 0 \\ \begin{cases} case2 &\mbox{if } n = 1 \\ ...
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How can I illustrate decimal to binary conversion?

As part of my homework for discrete math I need to convert different decimal values, both positive and negative, to 8-bit binary representations using signed magnitude, 1's complement, and 2's ...
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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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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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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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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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How to prevent superscripts from moving under \sqrt?

When I put an expression with superscripts under a \sqrt, the superscripts (here "vis") move down a bit. How can I prevent that, so that it looks consistent no matter whether it's under a root or not? ...
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How to get less spacing in math mode

LaTeX commands like this: Here again, four different simulations are run on networks of size $C^{G} = 25 \times\ 25 = 625$, $C^{G} = 50 \times\ 50 = 2500$, $C^{G} = 250 \times\ 250 = 62500$, and ...
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How could LaTeX replace the tokens <= by the command \leq?

How could LaTeX replace the tokens <= by the command \leq efficiently? Example 1: I have this code: \[ 2x <= 4x - 2 \] And I want to get after the compilation this: Example 2: \[ ...
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How to make math symbols bigger?

Is there a way to make math symbols bigger? Reason: I've used \sfrac{q}{m}, and those symbols appear far to small, so I would like to make them a bit bigger. edit: I just thought that \sfrac{q}{m} ...
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Can I make siunitx commands use serif fonts like the rest of the math in beamer?

In a beamer presentation I can use \usefonttheme[onlymath]{serif} to typeset the math in a serif font while the rest of the presentation is in a sans-serif font. But the \SI command from siunitx ...
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What is the advantage of using $f^\prime$ instead of $f'$?

Although the two outputs look quite similar, what is the advantage of using $f^\prime$ instead of $f'$? By the way, here is my code: \documentclass‎{article‎}‎ \begin{document}‎‎‎ \[‎ ‎f^‎\prime ...
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Typesetting of negative versus minus?

I've occasionally seen a negative (when a number is simply negative, not a subtraction), typeset as negative sign that's slightly skinnier and above the centre line of text. Is this proper notation ...
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How to typeset function restrictions

I wonder how to typeset the restriction of a function to some subdomain, a la $f|_A$ or $f\restriction_A$ , but with the vertical bar being as big as possible.
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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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Typesetting a Row Vector

In the question typesetting a column vector, a very nice solution was given for typesetting a column vector with an arbitrary number of rows. I am attempting to modify the code to produce row vectors ...
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Is there an “underscript” command?

Is there a way to do underscripts? By "underscript" I mean a small font underneath the text object like limits or sums have. I don't want it to behave like a math operator though, where it is typeset ...
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Equations inside enumerate aligned on item's number

If I type \begin{enumerate} \item \begin{align*} eqn 1 eqn 2 \end{align*} \end{enumerate} the label will appear on the first lines and the equations will ...
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Is there a command for large middle delimiters consistent with \bigl and \bigr?

After browsing through related threads, I am now of the understanding (please correct me if I am wrong) that the rule of thumb is to use the \bigl,\bigr pair with brackets, parentheses, etc. for ...
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Looking for a smarter \left … \right

I'm looking for an automatic fence-resizing macro like the traditional \left and \right, but I need some more features (not to mention \left and \right are quite "buggy" and poorly spaced as the ...
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What is the name of the default font in math mode?

I draw figures in Inkscape. When I label elements within the figures with variable names that I have used in the underlying TeX document, I would like them to look exactly the same as in the document. ...
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divides, not divides and cardinalities

In group theory it happens very often that you want to say: "The order of $H$ divides / does not divide the order of $G$." But the length of | is then always the same: $ |H| | |G| $ produces |H|||G| ...
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A Matrix with labels, dashed lines

I'm trying to TeX the following matrix, from Guillemin and Pollack (1.4 #13) The best I've been able to do is get the dashed lines with \[ \left( \begin{array}{c:c} B & C \\ \hdashline D ...
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overset text over equal sign in in an Align environment

Look at the following example \begin{align} & x \\ \overset{\text{some long explanation}}= & foo \\ & = bar \end{align} what is the best way to get the equal signs ...
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Align \sqrt with baseline of other mathematical input

The following mathmatical expression is not being displayed the way I expect it to be. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath,amssymb} \begin{document} $3x\sqrt{y}-4-2\sqrt{y}+6x$ \end{document} ...
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Punctuation in equations

My document will contain a lot of equations, and as usual in that case I would like to use "punctuation" in the equations, like commas, colons, periods/full stops, semicolons, etc. Is there a special ...
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Automatic repetition of mathematical operators after a line break

In handwritten mathematics it is common for the sake of clarity to repeat the last mathematical operator in those line breaks that occur in the middle of a formula. I mean something like: We compute ...
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\star vs. \ast in formulas. Which one to use?

When you read a formula aloud you say "r and r-star are related by this formula". If you write this formula down you normally write an r with a six-handed star, which would actually be an asterisk and ...