How do I write this in Latex. I've looked everywhere and to be honest I don't even know how to describe it in google search bar.

I have

$$(\frac{\partial u}{\partial t})_(t=0)$$

but it's the last part that does work properly


  • Hi, welcome. Note that you shouldn't be using $$ .. $$ for display math, see Why is \[ … \] preferable to $$? – Torbjørn T. Mar 8 '18 at 12:23
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Try _{t=0} instead of _(t=0). – Bobyandbob Mar 8 '18 at 12:25
  • If you are still learning, a good way is to use this Latex equation editor. Since it has pre-made code it was easy for me to quickly learn the syntax for representing complex equations by examining common components and symbols. It's a good place to experiment. – syntonicC Mar 8 '18 at 17:48

The underscore character (_) will make only one math atom a subscript. In the case of your code, it was the (. To make it work you have to group the t=0 using braces ({...}).

Also, use \left( and \right) instead of just ( and ) to make the parentheses taller for the fraction.

Finally, use \[ and \] to delimit the display math instead of $$ (reference).

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\[\left(\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}\right)_{t=0}\]
  • That is perfect thank you. I meant to use the curly brackets instead of the normal ones but I would have never of figured t out. And I was just going to ask you how to make the brackets taller. Also, I will try the [ instead of $$ It all works, thank you very much and hope you have a great day. – Jerry Mar 8 '18 at 12:27

I suggest using a dedicated package like esdiff to simplify typing. It defined a \diffp{function}{variables} command. In addition, the order of crossed partial derivatives is automatically calculated. The evaluation point of partial derivatives is added in the \diffp* command:




\[ \diffp*{u}{t}{t = 0}\qquad \diffp{u}{t x}\qquad \diffp{u}{{t^2} x}\]%


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  • Very nice. I not known this solution. +1 for all. – Sebastiano Mar 8 '18 at 20:46

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