Suppose I have an equation

u_t = F(x)
u(0) = u_0

I want to put a brace around on the left hand side of both lines and give it a tag with a subscript (eg. P_w) AND I want to be able to refer to this later (by using \eqref) by giving it a label.


  1. I don't know how to tag something with a subscript in it
  2. I don't know how to put it on the LHS

Help appreciated.

  • What have you tried? Look here for hints, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/98397/enumerate-formulas/…, at the cases construction for the brace. Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 12:06
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    To assign an arbitrary "tag" instead of a number to an equation, load the amsmath package and use the command \tag{...}. E.g., you could write <body of equation> \tag{$P_w$} \label{eq:pw}; note that the argument of \tag is in text mode by default, hence the use of $...$ to create the subscripted material. Elsewhere in your document, you can then create a cross-reference to this equation with the command \eqref{eq:pw}.
    – Mico
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 13:00
  • Thank you so much, I actually tried putting the dollar signs in the tag but inexplicably got an error. It works now.
    – mark.a
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 13:07

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Equation tag on the LHS is done by the option leqno to the article class.

Arbitrary Tags can be set with the commands \tag{} and \tag*{} (the first has parentheses, the second not).

If you want to refer to it later, you have use $…$ in the \tag{} command instead of \(…\).

Lastly, if you want to treat a set of equations as single object, for example if you want to tag it, you should use the aligned environment from amsmath package.

The code:


\paragraph{Some Text} Hello World! \eqref{one} is a d*** good pair of equations.

The subscript in the tag can be created by several ways. For example, if you use xelatex, you can also use the xltxtra package with its \textsubscript command, in order to circumvent the use of math inside the \tag.


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