# Is there a way to produce this division symbol? ÷

Is there a way to produce this division symbol? ÷

The term \div gives an error of Missing $inserted. \÷ is not working either. • I guess you have not tried $\div$, correct? – Werner Apr 10, 2013 at 23:41 • \div is a mathematical symbol, so it should be inside a math formula:$6\div 3=2$should work. If you want to use it in text, do \usepackage{textcomp} and use \textdiv. Apr 10, 2013 at 23:46 • No, I hadn't tried with dollar signs or with the textcomp package. Thank you all so very much -- greatly appreciated! Apr 11, 2013 at 3:17 ## 2 Answers Werner's and egreg's comments are correct: you should still use \div, but inside of math mode. So: $6 \div 3 = 2\$.

• @lawlist: your upvote (and check if this the answer you adopt) are thanks enough. Apr 11, 2013 at 3:19

The questioner said: Is there a way to produce this division symbol? ÷

And I said:

## With PSTricks

\documentclass[pstricks,border=3pt]{standalone}

\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}(4,4)
\psline[linewidth=10pt](0,2)(4,2)
\pscircle*(2,0.75){15pt}
\pscircle*(2,3.25){15pt}
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}


## With TikZ

\documentclass[tikz,border=3pt]{standalone}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}(4,4)
\draw[line width=10pt,fill=black]
(0,2) -- (4,2)
(2,0.75) circle (15pt)
(2,3.25) circle (15pt);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


## Miscellaneous

If you need a fancier div symbol...

\documentclass[pstricks,border=3pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\makeatletter
\pstVerb{/ptcm {\pst@number\psunit\space div} bind def}
\makeatother
\SpecialCoor
\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}(4,4)
\psclip
{
\pscustom[dimen=middle]
{
\psframe[linewidth=10pt](!0 2 5 ptcm sub)(!4 2 5 ptcm add)
\pscircle(2,0.75){15pt}

• It seems gratuitous to use TikZ or PSTricks to recreate a symbol that is in the basic set of math fonts. I can't think of any reason to adopt this answer over just \div, and worse, it might intimidate a novice user. (As I make this comment I see someone else has already downvoted.) Apr 11, 2013 at 1:02
• This above solution has the definite weakness of not resizing in sub/scripts and other such situations, in contrast to \div. Apr 14, 2013 at 13:45