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If an equation chain is too long I normally spit the chain in the following way

\begin{equation}
    \begin{split}
        x&=y\\&=z\\&=w
    \end{split}
\end{equation}

However, if x takes too much horizontal space, I would like to introduce a break immediately after x, insert 12 blanks and then insert y. The other breaks (afer y and after z) should still be there and each new line should be indented by 12 blanks. How can I do this?

  • 1
    I think what you want is align. Look for it. – Sigur Jun 24 at 13:59
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    Please provide more realistic MWE, which will show what you like to achieve. Some sketch of desired result also be helpful. – Zarko Jun 24 at 14:04
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Sounds like your are looking for \MoveEqLeft from the mathtools package:

\documentclass{article}
\pagestyle{empty}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\begin{document}
\begin{equation}
    \begin{split}
        \MoveEqLeft \rule{5cm}{1.5ex} \\
        &= \rule{6cm}{1.5ex} \\
        &= \rule{4cm}{1.5ex} \\
        &= \rule{2cm}{1.5ex}
    \end{split}
\end{equation}
\end{document}

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