Usually, if I have a very long formula, I will use two lines in the align environment and \qquad to space things out nicely. For example,

% First line
\rho\left(\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partial t}+u_{r}\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partialr}+\frac{u_{\phi}}{r}\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partial\phi}+u_{z}\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partial z}-\frac{u_{\phi}^{2}}{r}\right) & =-\frac{\partial p}{\partial r}+\mu\Biggl[\frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}\left(r\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partial r}\right)+\frac{1}{r^{2}}\frac{\partial^{2}u_{r}}{\partial\phi^{2}}
% Second line
& \qquad\qquad\qquad\qquad
+\frac{\partial^{2}u_{r}}{\partial z^{2}}-\frac{u_{r}}{r^{2}}-\frac{2}{r^{2}}\frac{\partial u_{\phi}}{\partial\phi}\Biggr]+\rho g_{r}


offset-aligned formula

However, this method of alignment is tedious, and not offsetting the second line usually results in something that looks poor. Is there an environment which facilitates this automatically?

  • And why do you use qquad in the first place? Why not to put the ampersand (&) where you want to align the second line directly?
    – Bichoy
    Sep 21, 2013 at 18:38
  • That will not give the desired effect.
    – user31162
    Sep 21, 2013 at 18:42
  • 2
    I'd suggest to use multline* instead of align* in these cases... Sep 21, 2013 at 18:43
  • Ah, this is exactly what I needed. Did not know of it. Thanks.
    – user31162
    Sep 21, 2013 at 18:45

1 Answer 1


I think using multline* instead of align* is the right way to go in these cases:

\rho\left(\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partial t}+u_{r}\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partial r}+
\frac{u_{\phi}}{r}\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partial\phi}+u_{z}\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partial z}-
-\frac{\partial p}{\partial r}+
\mu\Biggl[\frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}\left(r\frac{\partial u_{r}}{\partial r} \right)+
\frac{\partial^{2}u_{r}}{\partial z^{2}}-\frac{u_{r}}{r^{2}}-
\frac{2}{r^{2}}\frac{\partial u_{\phi}}{\partial\phi}\Biggr]+\rho g_{r}

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