I am trying to write the next thing in Texmaker


Los equilibrios paralelos del $ATP$,$ADP$ y $P_i$ a un pH cercano a 7 permiten reescribir $K_1$ del siguiente modo:

    \[K_1= \frac{([ADP^{3-}]+[HADP^{2-}]+[MgADP^-])\times([HPO_4^{2-}]+[H_2PO_4^-]+[MgHPO_4])}{([ATP]^{4-}+[HATP]^{3-}+[MgATP^{2-}])}

    \[K_1=K\times\lgroup\frac{(1+ \frac{10^{-pH}}{K_{HADP^{2-}}} + \frac{10^{-pMg}}{K_{MgADP^{-}}})\times(1+ \frac{10^{-pH}}{KH_2PO_4^{2-}} + \frac{10^{-pMg}}{K_{MgHPO_4}})}{(1+ \frac{10^{-pH}}{K_{ATP^{3-}}} + \frac{10^{-pMg}}{K_{MgATP^{-2}}})\times10^{-pH}}\rgroup


With that code, pdf looks more or less like this:

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  • I tried to modify the relative distance between those formulas with //~//, but I am not sure if it is the best way to do that.
  • Symbols like \lgroup, \rgroup (big parenthesis) aren't showed in the correct way (see photo).

Can you help me to fix those things?

Is there any simpler way to write those formulas? (they look pretty bad)

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    please always post a complete small document that peopel can run, not disconnected fragments with preamble and equations that everyone then has to join together. You should be using display math \[ (or aligned dispolays such as \begin{align*} not inline math $ (and never use \\~\\ ) Jun 2 '17 at 7:50
  • @DavidCarlisle i will edit
    – user134500
    Jun 2 '17 at 7:52
  • Tiuri just beat me to an align solution, which is the way to set this as mathematics, but I suspect this is really chemistry? There are several packages to help with typesetting chemical constructs Jun 2 '17 at 8:05
  • @DavidCarlisle yes there are, but my head will explode. I am writing it in that "silly" way for the moment. Thank you..
    – user134500
    Jun 2 '17 at 8:07
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    It seems odd to struggle to typeset chemistry as math and then need to ask how to make it look reasonable rather than use packages designed to make it easier to enter chemistry directly. (I'm not a chemist so haven't really used them myself but several users here are. Perhaps one of them will post an answer showing how to set your formula using one of the chemistry packages. Jun 2 '17 at 8:09

Use an align* environment to typeset your equations:




Los equilibrios paralelos del $ATP$, $ADP$ y $P_i$ a un pH cercano a 7 permiten reescribir $K_1$ del siguiente modo:
    K_1&=\frac{[ADP][P_i]}{[ADP]} \\[1em]
    K_1&=\frac{\big([ADP^{3-}]+[HADP^{2-}]+[MgADP^-]\big)\times\big([HPO_4^{2-}]+[H_2PO_4^-]+[MgHPO_4]\big)}{[ATP]^{4-}+[HATP]^{3-}+[MgATP^{2-}]} \\[1em]
    K_1&=K\times\left\lgroup\frac{\left(1+\mfrac{10^{-pH}}{K_{HADP^{2-}}} + \mfrac{10^{-pMg}}{K_{MgADP^{-}}}\right)\times\left(1+\mfrac{10^{-pH}}{KH_2PO_4^{2-}}+\mfrac{10^{-pMg}}{K_{MgHPO_4}}\right)}{\left(1+\mfrac{10^{-pH}}{K_{ATP^{3-}}}+\mfrac{10^{-pMg}}{K_{MgATP^{-2}}}\right)\times10^{-pH}}\right\rgroup


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In detail:

  • Inside align*, start new lines with \\. You can modify the spacing by setting the optional argument, so \\[1em] will add an additional spacing of 1em.
  • Inside align*, put & directly before the symbol on which you want the equations to be aligned (= most of the times).
  • Inside align*, (first order) fractions are always set in full size. Nested fractions then have a reduced size. You can use \dfrac or \mfrac for the nested fractions to get them larger (full size for \dfrac, about 80% for \mfrac).
  • \lgroup and \rgroup only work if you use them together with \left and \right.
  • Think about whether you need all the brackets. Sometimes, you might want to change the size of a pair of brackets with respect to the automatically assigned size (with or without \left, \right): Use \big, \Big, \bigg, \Bigg (read more).
  • Oh..you are god..and can the second formula be bigger? (for it to be clearer)
    – user134500
    Jun 2 '17 at 8:06
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    You can use \dfrac instead of \frac for the nested fractions to have them larger. I'll update the answer so that you can see how the result looks.
    – Tiuri
    Jun 2 '17 at 8:09
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    You also can use \mfrac, which is larger than \frac in this context, burt not as large as dfrac (it's about 80 % of \dfrac). Also I don't think you need all these parentheses. A fraction bar is a separator, so you don't need one more.
    – Bernard
    Jun 2 '17 at 8:18
  • @Bernard yes, you are right about parenthesis
    – user134500
    Jun 2 '17 at 8:20

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