# Write fraction out of equation

I want to write as a math fraction 1/4 " ( a quarter of inch). I want to write this fraction out of an equation because is a characteristic of an element.

• @lostinplace I don't think this is a Mathematics question
– user1016253
Dec 30, 2011 at 16:37

Without hassle, use 1/4 as-is, or $\frac{1}{4}$ (similar to amsmath's \tfrac{1}{4}) will typeset one quarter. If you want to add " in order to represent "inches", you could use $\frac{1}{4}''$, which is equivalent to $\frac{1}{4}^{\prime\prime}$. xfrac also produce so-called "vulgar fractions" via \sfrac{<num>}{<denom>}. Here are some examples:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{xfrac}% http://ctan.org/pkg/xfrac
\begin{document}
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum eu $1/4^{\prime\prime}$ massa lectus.
Phasellus eget $\frac{1}{4}^{\prime\prime}$ tortor mi, porttitor aliquam lacus. Donec rutrum, purus eu luctus rhoncus,
nunc enim $\sfrac{1}{4}''$ viverra metus, et iaculis urna enim ut sapien. Aenean malesuada, orci eget
facilisis pretium, metus dolor dapibus justo, eget laoreet $\frac{1}{4}^{\prime\prime}$ leo eros sit amet massa.
Duis viverra eleifend elementum. Proin volutpat tristique luctus. In non erat quam.
Ut porta hendrerit $\sfrac{1}{8}''$ sapien sit amet molestie. Aliquam erat volutpat.
\end{document}


Note that there might be some spacing issues if you use two "text fractions" in successive lines, since the ascenders and descenders of the respective lines push them further apart (lines 1-3 exhibit this stretched look). As such, the "vulgar fractions" are sometimes preferred, since they take up less vertical real estate.

• Isn't it different text fonts when using the $-environment? Can you get \frac-like fractions but with the text font? Oct 14, 2018 at 9:39 • @LarsAbrahamsson: Sure, try with \frac{\text{<num>}}{\text{<denom>}} if you're loading amsmath. – Werner Oct 14, 2018 at 16:08 $$\frac{1}{4}$$  EDIT: or \begin{eqnarray} \frac{1}{4} \end{eqnarray}  or $ \frac{1}{4}  • out of equation. I put this fraction in a cell of a table. – Jorge Vega Sánchez Dec 30, 2011 at 16:56 • @JorgeVegaSánchez Forgive me I misread, see the edit – user1016253 Dec 30, 2011 at 17:12 • Please see \eqnarray vs \align on why to avoid using eqnarray. – Werner Dec 30, 2011 at 20:26 • Only your format is working in StackExchange except the last one. May 13, 2020 at 19:17 You can create nice split level fractions with the nicefrac package, or, if you have reasonably recent TeX distribution, with the xfrac package. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{nicefrac} \begin{document} Blah blah blah \nicefrac{1}{4} blah blah blah. \end{document}  or \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xfrac} \begin{document} Blah blah blah \sfrac{1}{4} blah blah blah. \end{document}  The xfrac package is more flexible, and will work better with much larger variety of fonts. • adding images of what they look like would be nice... Jun 22, 2018 at 23:33 • \sfrac is not split-level as far as I know? Oct 14, 2018 at 9:36 I don't understand the context of your question. LaTeX provides the much overused \frac{1}{4}$ but this has several disadvantages, especially if it's used in ordinary math mode (as part of the running text). First, it changes the size of the figures in the numerators and denominators, and second it may screw up the interline spacing. If you just want to write something simple stating that y is a quarter of x then I suggest you write $y=x/4$. Writing this is easier on the eye than $y=\frac{1}{4} x$. For more complex statements, writing $4 y = x$ or (better?) $x = 4 y$ may look better than $y=\frac{1}{4} x\$.

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• Don't forget, you can further condense \frac{1}{4} as \frac14, with an identically good/bad result. ;) Dec 31, 2011 at 11:58
• Damn, missed that opportunity! Dec 31, 2011 at 19:26