I'm trying to write something simple:

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Not quite sure how to write out the second term (from the left) in LaTeX. Any suggestions please?

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    \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial y \partial x} = \frac{\partial}{\partial y} \biggl( \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} \biggr) = ..., performed inside a math environment. p.s and while pronounced like "Latek`, it is actually spelled with a final "X", as in "LaTeX". – Steven B. Segletes May 26 '17 at 18:44
  • @StevenB.Segletes it's not pronounced like "Latek" as far as I know... But I think that's what is acceptable for an English speaker :) – Skillmon May 26 '17 at 18:50
  • @Skillmon It's pronounced lah-teck or lay-teck. – sodd May 26 '17 at 19:05
  • @hooy since the X is not an X but a greek \chi it should be pronounced like a greek \chi which is not pronounced 'ck' as far as I know, but I totally understand if it's not pronounced that way (as a German I don't pronounce it correct, too, most of the time). – Skillmon May 26 '17 at 19:07
  • @Skillmon I'm very aware, I just know Leslie Lamport himself wrote about this in this book LaTeX: A document Preparation System. – sodd May 26 '17 at 19:18

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  \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial y \, \partial x}
    = \frac{\partial}{\partial y} \biggl( \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} \biggr)
  %  = \frac{\partial}{\partial y} \left( \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} \right)
    = (f_x)_y
    = f_{xy}
    = \partial_{yx} f


There is a difference in the spacing between using a \biggl(...\biggr) and \left(...\right) pair. Your choice, although the former is preferred.

  • Thanks guys....works! I'm very new to this...and don't use it often enough to internalize it. Thanks again! – Chet May 26 '17 at 19:04

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