I have to put an two equations inside one equation environment. I could do it with this piece o code:


\nabla \cdot F & = & \left(\frac{\partial}{\partial x}i + \frac{\partial}{\partial y}j + \frac{\partial}{\partial z}\right) \cdot (F_{1}i + F_{2}j + F_{3}k) \\
               & = & \frac{\partial F_{1}}{\partial x}+ \frac{\partial F_{2}}{\partial y} + \frac{\partial F_{3}}{\partial z}

Which gives me this image:

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The problem is cause when I use the array, my fractions get smaller. Here is a single line equation and how I would like to preserve my fraction size in a environment with more than 1 equation.

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Can I achieve this result?

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    If you're using amsmath, then use \dfrac instead of \frac. However, for such alignment, it's easier to use \begin{align}...\end{align}, unless you want to number the entire multi-line equation with a single tag. Then you need something different. – Werner Apr 14 '14 at 18:09
  • Yes, and want to number the entire multi-line equation. The \dfrac worked, but it seems that the lines are get over each other. – pceccon Apr 14 '14 at 18:17

You should try \dfrac{}{} instead of \frac{}{}. Include the amsmath (http://www.ctan.org/pkg/amsmath) package.

The "d" stands for displaysize(or style), you can of course do a \displaystyle on every symbol, but that would be too clumsy.

EDIT: Corrected on Steven B. Segletes suggestion.


Here is a reworking of what you want to achieve using amsmath's aligned environment:

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\usepackage{amsmath}% http://ctan.org/pkg/amsmath
\newcommand{\pfrac}[2][]{\frac{\partial #1}{\partial #2}}% \pfrac[<top>]{<bottom>}
    \nabla \cdot F &= \biggl( \pfrac{x}i + \pfrac{y}j + \pfrac{z} \biggr)
                        \cdot \bigl(F_1 i + F_2 j + F_3 k \bigr) \\
                   &= \pfrac[F_1]{x}+ \pfrac[F_2]{y} + \pfrac[F_3]{z}

The addition of \pfrac[<top>}{<bottom>} is to simplify your notation and provide consistency.

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