(3 + 2\omega )\left( \frac{{B\prime (r)}}{{2A(r)B(r)}}\varphi \prime  + \frac{1}{{A(r)}}\varphi \prime \prime  - \frac{{A\prime (r)}}{{2{A^2}(r)}}\varphi \prime  + \frac{2}{{rA(r)}}\varphi \prime  \right) \\
+ \frac{{16\pi G\lambda }}{{{\varphi ^2}}}\left[ { - \frac{{19\varphi {\prime ^2}\varphi \prime \prime }}{{2{A^2}(r)\varphi }} + \frac{{19A\prime (r)\varphi {\prime ^3}}}{{4{A^3}(r)\varphi }} \\
+ \frac{{B{\prime ^2}(r)}}{{4{A^2}(r){B^2}(r)}}\varphi {\prime ^2} - \frac{{5A{\prime ^2}(r)}}{{4{A^4}(r)}}\varphi {\prime ^2} - \frac{2}{{{r^2}{A^2}(r)}}\varphi {\prime ^2}} \right]

I've tried split and align and I get the same message!

! Missing } inserted! 

Can't figure it out, hope that you can help!

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! It's a very common problem: you can't start \left in a row of the alignment and have the matching \right in another one. – egreg Jun 6 '14 at 8:02
  • Ty!! how do i put () or []? – John Jun 6 '14 at 8:05
  • \left( ..... \right. in one row and \left. ....\right) on the other. Dot signals consider this as the missing delimiter to TeX – percusse Jun 6 '14 at 8:07
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    use manual scaling, i.e., \big, \Big, \bigg or \Bigg instead of \left...\right – daleif Jun 6 '14 at 8:08
  • Or better still, just don't do it! Re-format to avoid the problem. – Thruston Jun 6 '14 at 8:08

You have some abundance of braces which are not necessarily a problem but difficult to debug.

Also every line in the tabulated math is considered to be a valid entity on its own hence if you put an opening/closing delimiter TeX wants to find the matching pair. To signal that the missing pair is omitted on purpose you need to put \left. or \right. to do so.


(3 + 2\omega )\left(
    \frac{B\prime (r)}{2A(r)B(r)}\varphi\prime + \frac{1}{A(r)}\varphi\prime \prime  - \frac{A\prime (r)}{2{A^2}(r)}\varphi\prime + \frac{2}{rA(r)}\varphi\prime
\right) \\
+ \frac{16\pi G\lambda}{\varphi ^2}\left[
    - \frac{{19\varphi {\prime ^2}\varphi \prime \prime }}{{2{A^2}(r)\varphi }} + \frac{19A\prime(r)\varphi\prime ^3}{4{A^3}(r)\varphi } 
    + \frac{B{\prime ^2}(r)}{4{A^2}(r){B^2}(r)}\varphi\prime^2 - \frac{{5A{\prime ^2}(r)}}{{4{A^4}(r)}}\varphi {\prime ^2} - \frac{2}{{{r^2}{A^2}(r)}}\varphi {\prime ^2}

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But as commented this will be ugly if the size of the terms differ on different rows as the sizes won't matter. I would strongly suggest shuffling your terms and make it more readable.

  • Don't use \varphi\prime etc. This gives ugly resul. Use \vaphi'. – wipet Jun 6 '14 at 8:35
  • its not just these terms... its 2 pages. It would be hard to find a nice way to shuffle them. If i use split wont it be prettier? – John Jun 6 '14 at 8:35
  • yeah i know it, i will fix it wipet – John Jun 6 '14 at 8:36
  • @John Then separate the terms and work them term-by-term. If it's two pages long nobody, and I'm pretty sure about it, will read it. So it's gonna be a wasted work. It cannot be the only way. – percusse Jun 6 '14 at 8:38
  • @percusse ty a lot for your help mate!! Ok i will try to fix it! Ty again!! – John Jun 6 '14 at 8:44

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