I want to put some different symbolic notations after some equations such as $*$, $\dagger$ (see image below), $\ddagger$ etc.

I did the following

a+b=c  \tag{*}

Output was as expected:

enter image description here

For next equation, I wanted to use $\dagger$, and I did following:

p+q=r  \tag{\dagger}

This produced some errors. I then replaced it in following cheating way:

p+q=r  \tag{ \mbox{ $\dagger$ } }

This then showed following output as expected:

enter image description here

Question: So to put the sign of second image, I had to do go in process

[equation mode] --> [ text mode ] -- > [equation mode]

i.e. first \begin{equation}-\end{equation}; inside it use \mbox{ }; inside it use dollar sign. Isn't this a cheating? What should be correct way to put this sign?

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    Just \tag{$\dagger$} will do, no? – Troy Feb 28 '17 at 8:21
  • Have you tried using \renewcommand{\theequation}{\fnsymbol{equation}}? – TeXnician Feb 28 '17 at 8:24
  • @Troy: it was showing errors (I mentioned this; and so finally I did a cheating, which worked!). TeXnician, I have not used it. – p Groups Feb 28 '17 at 8:27
  • Is there any reason why you would want to manually tag them? – TeXnician Feb 28 '17 at 8:29
  • @Troy: sorry; your answer works; actually, when I put dollar sign inside tag, then it showed in red color, so I felt it will be wrong; but it works. Thanks – p Groups Feb 28 '17 at 8:29

The argument of the \tag{<label>} command from the amsmath package is in text mode by default. This is why if you try \tag{\dagger}, you get Missing $ inserted-like errors.

If you want to tag them with a mathematical symbol, you need to enclose the symbol in a math environment, like \(...\). The \mbox is not necessary.


    Tagging in text mode: 
    a+b=c  \tag{*}
    Tagging in math mode (symbols):
    p+q=r   \tag{\(\dagger\)} % <------- Note the math environment

simple tagging

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