I have the following code with multicols and but the weird thing is that when I type in the multicols environment, it follows that the text automatically gets moved into the next column automatically when I would like for it to continue in the first column. My code is follows:


% multicol parameters
% These lengths are set only within the two main columns

\section{Numerical Integration}
Midpoint: $(b-a)f(\frac{(a+b)}{2})$. Midpoint error is: $\frac{f''(\xi)}{24}(b-a)^{3}$ \\
Trapezoidal: $\frac{b-a}{2}[f(a)+f(b)]$. Trap error is: $ -\frac{f''(\xi)}{12}(b-a)^{3} $ \\
Simpson: $\frac{b-a}{6}[f(a)+4f(\frac{a+b}{2})+f(b)]$. \\ Simpson Error is $-\frac{f''''(\xi)}{90}(\frac{b-a}{2})^{5}$



I am looking to save as much space as possible in the most organized way possible since I am looking to make a cheat sheet, which hence explains the small font size. Anyhow, when I compile the code, it follows that the 3rd line beginning with "simpson ..." gets moved into the 2nd column. How could I prevent this ?

Thank you

  • oops, typo mistake, but it still doesnt work so it is not that issue Apr 8, 2016 at 3:09
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    It will balance the columns by default. If you add more stuff, doesn't the first column grow?
    – cfr
    Apr 8, 2016 at 3:11
  • Yes you are right, when I added more stuff just now, it did get pushed into the first column. Didn't know that about multicol before Apr 8, 2016 at 3:16
  • add \usepackage{lipsum} in the preamble and add the command \lipsum in the body that is next to simpson line and compile you will get all the formulae in the first column
    – murugan
    Apr 8, 2016 at 3:37

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What you are looking for is multicols* notmulticolsas an environment to suppress balancing (which is really the main purpose of the multicol package :-)

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