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I have found several answers to this question. But the answer often lead to modification codes. I wonder if there is simple package for this. I want to align equations and underline or draw a line that makes additions beautiful. There should be simple steps and packages for this. enter image description here

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The array environment is like tabular for math. Personally, I would have not included the $a=4$ step in the array with the rest since it doesn't really preserve column integrity.

Note that the = signs are automatically inserted (to get the spacing right).


$\displaystyle% standalone doesn't support \[ \]
  & a & - & b & 3\\
+ & a & + & b & 5\\
  & 2a &  &   & 8\\
  &   &   & a & 4


array math

  • +1 looks better than mine, would change the alignment for non-operators to r though ;) – Rico Jan 6 '16 at 16:07
  • the spacing around the equal signs looks a bit tight. – barbara beeton Jan 6 '16 at 16:48
  • @barbara beeton - Adjusted, but I'm not going to sweat anything less than 1pt off. – John Kormylo Jan 6 '16 at 17:13
  • the reason for the comment was that, if there is another expression nearby that is not in an array, say just $x = y$, the difference in spacing around the equal signs would be distracting; same reason that the spacing in eqnarray is so horrid. – barbara beeton Jan 6 '16 at 17:16

You could use the align*


Which gives you the following

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Note the use of \phantom{+a} which I used to move the 2a.

To get better spacing result the tabu package could be interessting. This environment is able to detect if it is in math-mode. You have to use a lot of columns to get a somehow pretty result, though.

    +& a&+&b&=&5\\

enter image description here

  • the spacing would be a bit better with \phantom{{}+a}, and also an empty group {} before the initial plus in the `align* version to get the correct spacing there. – barbara beeton Jan 6 '16 at 16:47
  • Align* is the most simple but it does get too large vspace from line to equations... – Panha Jan 7 '16 at 0:42
  • To reduce this you can have a look at this answer: Remove vertical space around align – Rico Jan 7 '16 at 7:17

Here's an attempt with alignedat from amsmath: Unfortunately had to add the spaces around all the + and - operators

     &&  a & \,-\, & b &= 3 \\
  +\,&&  a & \,+\, & b &= 5 \\
     && 2a &       &   &= 8 \\
     &&    &       & a &= 4

enter image description here

  • ...or use \mathbin{-}/\mathbin{+}, or {}-{}/{}+{}. – Werner Jan 6 '16 at 18:24
  • @Werner mathbin didn't work, {}+{} did – Steve Jan 6 '16 at 18:28

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