If I want to have a single multiline equation with alignment (but no labelling), is it the same to use:

Equation* with split




I am aware that without the star*, the difference is that align labels every single line whilst equation with split labels the entire equation once. However, if I don't want labels, are both equivalent (spacing wise, etc.)?



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No, the spacing may be different, and with align* you have the possibility of page breaks within the alignment.

  • Hence, is it correct to say that equation* with split is recommended if one intends to type a single equation? Is there a shorter version that is equivalent to it (to be easier to type)?
    – yoyostein
    Commented Feb 9, 2018 at 16:17
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    @yoyostein I'd possibly use aligned rather than split but the typing is the same either way. In deciding whether to use align* instead I think the way to think of it is if you changed your mind and wanted a number would you want one centred number (use equation* and aligned or split) or would you number most lines (use align*) Commented Feb 9, 2018 at 17:17

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