# How to make the same font size for both numerator and denominator?

As you can see below, the 3/2 looks so weird in which the font size of the numerator is bigger than that of the denominator. How to make it get balanced?

\documentclass[pstricks,border=0pt,12pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{pst-eucl}
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\robustify\sqrt

\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}(-6,-1)(6,1.25)
\pstGeonode[
PointSymbol=|,
PosAngle=-90,
PointNameSep=16pt,
PointName={\frac{3-\sqrt{17}}{2},-\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{2},2,\frac{3+\sqrt{17}}{2}}
](-4,0){A}(-2,0){B}(0,0){C}(2,0){D}(4,0){E}
\pcline[nodesep=-1](A)(E)
\pcline(5.8,0)(E)\nbput{$++++$}
\pcline(E)(D)\nbput{$----$}
\pcline(D)(C)\nbput{$++++$}
\pcline(C)(B)\nbput{$----$}
\pcline(B)(A)\nbput{$++++$}
\pcline(A)(-5.8,0)\nbput{$----$}
\psset{arrows=*-*,offset=22pt}
\pcline(A)(B)
\pcline(C)(D)
\pcline{*->}(E)(5.5,0)
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}


• I find it hard to follow the picture when 1/2 = 2 :)
– user156344
Commented May 17, 2019 at 10:22
• @JouleV: It is not such hard. Commented May 17, 2019 at 10:26
• I noticed the bigger fractions first. Commented May 17, 2019 at 10:50

For reasons that depend on the same ones that force to \robustify\sqrt, a fraction as the first item is typeset incorrectly. You can \robustify also \frac.

\documentclass[pstricks,border=0pt,12pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{pst-eucl}
\usepackage{etoolbox,amsmath}
\robustify\sqrt
\robustify\frac

\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}(-6,-1)(6,1.25)
\pstGeonode[
PointSymbol=|,
PosAngle=-90,
PointNameSep=16pt,
PointName={\frac{3-\sqrt{17}}{2},-\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{2},2,\frac{3+\sqrt{17}}{2}}
](-4,0){A}(-2,0){B}(0,0){C}(2,0){D}(4,0){E}
\pcline[nodesep=-1](A)(E)
\pcline(5.8,0)(E)\nbput{${+}{+}{+}{+}$}
\pcline(E)(D)\nbput{${-}{-}{-}{-}$}
\pcline(D)(C)\nbput{${+}{+}{+}{+}$}
\pcline(C)(B)\nbput{${-}{-}{-}{-}$}
\pcline(B)(A)\nbput{${+}{+}{+}{+}$}
\pcline(A)(-5.8,0)\nbput{${-}{-}{-}{-}$}
\psset{arrows=*-*,offset=22pt}
\pcline(A)(B)
\pcline(C)(D)
\pcline{*->}(E)(5.5,0)
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}


Also bracing each item works, but using a robust \frac is better.

Note: due to + and - being binary operation symbols, a sequence such as ++++ is interpreted as Ord Bin Ord Ord (by rule a binary operation symbol is changed into an ordinary one if it doesn't have suitable operands on either side) and the spacing is odd. Input them as {+}{+}{+}{+} and {-}{-}{-}{-} to get all ordinary symbols.

It looks like a bug in pst-eucl. As a workaround, you can use \dfrac instead (load amsmath), and slightly increase the value of PointNameSep:

\documentclass[pstricks, border=0pt,12pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{pst-eucl}
\usepackage{amsmath, nccmath}
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\robustify\sqrt

\begin{document}

\begin{pspicture}(-6,-1.25)(6,1.25)
\pstGeonode[
PointSymbol=|,
PosAngle=-90,
PointNameSep=18 pt,
PointName={\dfrac{3-\sqrt{17}}{2},-\dfrac{1}{2},\dfrac{3}{2},2, \dfrac{3+\sqrt{17}}{2}}
](-4,0){A}(-2,0){B}(0,0){C}(2,0){D}(4,0){E}
\pcline[nodesep=-1](A)(E)
\pcline(5.8,0)(E)\nbput{$++++$}
\pcline(E)(D)\nbput{$----$}
\pcline(D)(C)\nbput{$++++$}
\pcline(C)(B)\nbput{$----$}
\pcline(B)(A)\nbput{$++++$}
\pcline(A)(-5.8,0)\nbput{$----$}
\psset{arrows=*-*,offset=22pt}
\pcline(A)(B)
\pcline(C)(D)
\pcline{*->}(E)(5.5,0)
\end{pspicture}

\end{document}


• That is not a bug, it is a wrong use of PointName! Commented May 17, 2019 at 13:50

It is completely nonsense to use the PointName key for such labels because the label is internally also the node name. You should use simple nodes and \psxTick instead. However,

PointName={{\frac{3-\sqrt{17}}{2}},{-\frac{1}{2}},{\frac{3}{2}},{\scriptstyle2},{\frac{3+\sqrt{17}}{2}}}


should also do the trick

\documentclass[pstricks,border=0pt,12pt]{standalone}

\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}(-6,-1)(6,1.25)
\pnodes(-4,0){A}(-2,0){B}(0,0){C}(2,0){D}(4,0){E}
\psxTick(-4){\frac{3-\sqrt{17}}{2}}
\psxTick(-2){-\frac{1}{2}}
\psxTick(0){\frac{3}{2}}
\psxTick(2){\scriptstyle2\vphantom{\frac12}}
\psxTick(4){\frac{3+\sqrt{17}}{2}}
\multido{\rA=-4.9+4.0}{3}{\uput[90](\rA,0){$----$}}%
\multido{\rA=-3+4}{3}{\uput[90](\rA,0){$++++$}}%
\pcline[nodesep=-1.75](A)(E)
\psset{arrows=*-*,offset=22pt}
\pcline(A)(B)
\pcline(C)(D)
\pcline{*->}(E)(5.5,0)
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}


Or if you do not like hardcoded values:

\documentclass[pstricks,border=0pt,12pt]{standalone}
\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}(-6,-1)(6,1.25)
\pnodes(-4,0){A}(-2,0){B}(0,0){C}(2,0){D}(4,0){E}
\psxTick(-4){\frac{3-\sqrt{17}}{2}}
\psxTick(-2){-\frac{1}{2}}
\psxTick(0){\frac{3}{2}}
\psxTick(2){\scriptstyle2\vphantom{\frac12}}
\psxTick(4){\frac{3+\sqrt{17}}{2}}
\pcline[nodesep=-1.75](A)(E)
\psset{arrows=*-*,offset=20pt}
\pcline(A)(B)\nbput{$++++$}
\pcline(C)(D)\nbput{$++++$}
\pcline{*->}(E)(5.5,0)\nbput{$++++$}
\psset{linestyle=none,arrows=-}
\pcline(-5.8,0)(A)\nbput{$----$}
\pcline(B)(C)\nbput{$----$}
\pcline(D)(E)\nbput{$----$}
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}