When using equation, it shows the equation number on the right of the equation. I want the number (1) to show to the left of the equation:

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The code used for generating it is:

$$\mbox{\sc OFFSET}_i=\sum_{j=0}^{i-1} size_j=
S-\sum_{j=i}^{M-1} size_j$$
$$=S-size_i\cdot(M-i)-\sum_{j=i}^{M-1} (size_j-size_i)$$
$$=S-size_i\cdot(M-i)-\sum_{j=i}^{M-1}\sum_{\ell=1}^{k}\ell\cdot \mathds {1}_{size_j-size_i=\ell}$$
\begin{equation}\label{eq:offset} =S-size_i\cdot(M-i)-(2^{k+1}-k-2) \end{equation}

How can I make it show the equation number on the left?

  • 2
    Please don't use $$...$$ it is not LaTeX syntax. As for the eqn number, see the legno class option for the document class you did not tell us anything about.
    – daleif
    Feb 4, 2015 at 14:23
  • if there is to be only one equation number for such a group, it's more usual to have it either vertically centered, or at the top if it's on the left. is this to be considered a group, or is it really desired to have only the last line numbered? Feb 4, 2015 at 15:00

2 Answers 2


if only one equation number is wanted for a group of related equations, the equation number is conventionally centered vertically, or placed at the top if the number is at the left.

the following example groups the equations with a single number at the center:




\text{OFFSET}_i & =\sum_{j=0}^{i-1} \isize_j = S-\sum_{j=i}^{M-1} \isize_j \\

 & =S-\isize_i\cdot(M-i)-\sum_{j=i}^{M-1} (\isize_j-\isize_i) \\
 & =S-\isize_i\cdot(M-i)-\sum_{j=i}^{M-1}\sum_{\ell=1}^{k}\ell\cdot \mathds 1_{\isize_j-\isize_i=\ell} \\
 & =S-\isize_i\cdot(M-i)-\sum_{\ell=1}^{k}2^{k-\ell}\cdot\ell \\
 & =S-\isize_i\cdot(M-i)-(2^{k+1}-k-2) \label{eq:offset}


output of example code

by adding the tbtags option to amamath:


the equation number will be placed at the top left:

output of example code

edit: as suggested by egreg, the string "size" has been made into a word using \mathit for better (and more appropriate) appearance; a command \isize was defined to assist the change.

  • It should probably be \mathit{size} throughout.
    – egreg
    Feb 4, 2015 at 16:51

If you want something like this

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you can use an align environment with \notag in all non numbered lines.

amsmath, leqno option will add equation numbers on left side.

Note: I've changed \mathds{1} with just 1. I don't know command \mathds.



\text{OFFSET}_i & =\sum_{j=0}^{i-1} size_j = S-\sum_{j=i}^{M-1} size_j \notag \\
 & =S-size_i\cdot(M-i)-\sum_{j=i}^{M-1} (size_j-size_i) \notag \\
 & =S-size_i\cdot(M-i)-\sum_{j=i}^{M-1}\sum_{\ell=1}^{k}\ell\cdot 1_{size_j-size_i=\ell} \notag\\
 & =S-size_i\cdot(M-i)-\sum_{\ell=1}^{k}2^{k-\ell}\cdot\ell \notag \\
 & =S-size_i\cdot(M-i)-(2^{k+1}-k-2) \label{eq:offset}


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