I'm looking for a better way of using aligned equations in my documents that allows for pagebreaks and numbers only the bottom equation like this: enter image description here Although, I would prefer to be able to have the same sort of numbering as with the aligned environment where you can specify where the number of the equation goes (e.g., \begin{aligned}[c] places the number of the equation at the center of the aligned environment). So far the only solution I've made use of is defining a command that numbers the equation,


and using the align* environment as follows:

      \grad^2\phi(\mathbf{r}) &= \frac{1}{r^2}\ud{}{r}\left(r^2\ud{}{r}\right)\frac{Ae^{-r/\lambda}}{r}\\
      &= -\frac{A}{r^2}\ud{}{r}\left(\frac{re^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda}+e^{-r/\lambda}\right)\\
      &= -\frac{A}{r^2}\left(\frac{e^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda}-\frac{re^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda^2}-\frac{e^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda}\right)\\
      &= \frac{Ae^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda^2r}.

I've tried looking all over the place and so far I haven't found something that does what I want without having to resort to inserting the number manually, which gets bothersome pretty quickly in a long document with a lot of aligned equations. I also tried defining a new environment called aligneq


which would give me a compile error. Is there already an existing environment that has these capabilities that I just haven't found yet?

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    i think what you may be looking for is the [tbtags] option to amsmath that places the equation number at the last line if the equation numbers are on the right, or at the top line if the numbers are on the left. Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 0:14
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  • Also remember amsmath has \allowdisplaybreaks Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 7:44

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I think it's clearer to use a numbered display and supress the numbers on lines where you don't want a number.

enter image description here







      \grad^2\phi(\mathbf{r}) &= \frac{1}{r^2}\ud{}{r}\left(r^2\ud{}{r}\right)\frac{Ae^{-r/\lambda}}{r}\nl
      &= -\frac{A}{r^2}\ud{}{r}\left(\frac{re^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda}+e^{-r/\lambda}\right)\nl
      &= -\frac{A}{r^2}\left(\frac{e^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda}-\frac{re^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda^2}-\frac{e^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda}\right)\nl
      &= \frac{Ae^{-r/\lambda}}{\lambda^2r}.


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