# Problems with aligning equal signs

Trying to align equal signs and get an error message saying

missing } inserted


I can't figure out what I've done wrong?

\begin{align}
($b^nn^\alpha$)$^{-1}$=\large$\frac{a^n}{n^\alpha}$
$\geq\frac{a^n}{n^p}$
\end{align}

• Welcome. Do not use dollar signs ($) inside an equation. – Johannes_B Dec 3 '15 at 16:28 • Welcome to the site! And, equally, don't put $ ... $ around individual units elsewhere, either. In LaTeX we treat a mathematical expression/equation/etc. as a single unit and it should all go in math mode, with any text or anything else marked up as such. But it'd be super important to have, in general, $(b^nn^\alpha)^{-1}=\large\frac{a^n}{n^\alpha} (within align, which already puts you in math mode, you must not have the  ... \$). This treats the maths appropriately and will automatically handle things like correct spacing around the = sign – Au101 Dec 3 '15 at 16:37
• For more: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/255073/… Also, you probably want \dfrac, rather than \large, or - in general - to be in a display math environment – Au101 Dec 3 '15 at 16:37
• The title of your posting -- Problems with aligning equal signs -- doesn't seem to correspond to the equation you've provided, as there's only one = symbol in the entire expression. Please edit either the title or the body of the posting to provide more consistency. – Mico Dec 3 '15 at 17:45

It seems to me, as you should read some introductory material to LaTeX (see also this).

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\begin{document}
\begin{align}
(b^n n^\alpha)^{-1}
&= \frac{a^n}{n^\alpha} \\
&\geq\frac{a^n}{n^p}
\end{align}
\end{document} 