I'm currently trying to add arrows in my synthetic division example to show people clearly how synthetic division works. I'm working on Overleaf.

The code for my synthetic division right now is:

\begin{tabular}{c |r r r r r} 

 &1& 4 & -1&16&-20\\

1&& 1 & 5 & 4&20\\


&1 &5 & 4 & 20 &\rule{3pt}{16pt}\;0\\


How would I add arrows to this? For instance, a down arrow going from the first 1 to 1, then an upwards arrow pointing right from 1 to 1, then an arrow pointing down from 1 to 5, etc. Basically I would like to add arrows that look like this:

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  • Possible duplicate of this? tex.stackexchange.com/a/248456/226 – imnothere Oct 1 '17 at 3:14

I think this is more or less what you're looking for:


        draw, circle, 
        dashed, very thick,
        inner sep=0pt 

\matrix[matrix of nodes,column sep=0pt,
    column sep=4pt,
    row 1/.style={nodes={mynode={white}}},
    row 3/.style={nodes={mynode={mycolor}}},
    nodes={text width=width{-20}},
    ] (M) {
    & 1 & \phantom{-}5 & \phantom{-}4 &[4pt] \phantom{-}20\\
    |[mynode={white}]|-5 &   & |[mynode={mycolor}]|-5 & |[mynode={mycolor}]|-5  & |[mynode={mycolor}]|-20\\[2ex]
    & 1 & 0 & 4 & 0\\
\draw ([yshift=-2ex]M-2-1.south west) -- ([shift={(2pt,-2ex)}]M-2-5.south east);
\draw ([xshift=-8pt]M-1-2.north west) -- ([shift={(-8pt,-1ex)}]M-3-2.south west);
\draw[thick] ([shift={(-7pt,1.5ex)}]M-3-5.north west) -- ([shift={(-7pt,-1ex)}]M-3-5.south west);

\begin{scope}[ shorten >=1pt, shorten <=1pt, 
mycolor, -Stealth]
\draw (M-1-2) -- (M-3-2);
\draw (M-3-2) -- (M-2-3);
\draw (M-2-3) -- (M-3-3);
\draw (M-3-3) -- (M-2-4);
\draw (M-2-4) -- (M-3-4);
\draw (M-3-4) -- (M-2-5);
\draw (M-2-5) -- (M-3-5);

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