So I made a table in which I would like to have a curly bracket, containing three formulas in one cell. I managed to make one that look right in the pdf, tho I still get an error message.

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So this is what I want, and also what I get when I export to pfd. But there are a few errors that come up which I don't know how to fix.

        \begin{tabular}{l l}
            Polaire vergelijking & Cartesiaans equivalent\\
            $r \cos\theta = 2$ & $x=2$\\
            $r^2\cos \theta \sin \theta = 4$ & $xy=4$\\
            $r^2\cos^2\theta-r^2\sin^2\theta=1$ & $x^2-y^2=1$\\
            $r=1+2r\cos\theta$ & \left\{ \begin{tabular} {@{}l@{}} $y^2-3x^2-4x-1=0$\\  $\sqrt{x^2+y^2}=1+2x$\\ $x^2+y^2=(1+2x)^2$ \end{tabular} \right.\\
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    \left\{ needs math mode so you need $ as in your other math mode cells Dec 27, 2020 at 18:25
  • Do you mean around the entire \left\{ ? Because when I do that the bracket becomes a smaller one. So I'm not entirely sure what you mean. Dec 27, 2020 at 18:45
  • @robbestephan I think @David Carlisle $\left\{ .......... \right.$ meant this.
    – Imran
    Dec 27, 2020 at 19:02
  • Ok, makes sense Dec 27, 2020 at 19:20

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Instead nested tabular is used cases environment defined in the amsmath package. For more vertical space is added makecell package to preamble and in code for table used its macro \makegapedcells. Instead tabular is used array and it is enclosed in math environment. By this you not need to write $ before and after each equations in table:

\usepackage{amsmath}  % <---
\usepackage{makecell} % <---

\setcellgapes{3pt} % <---
\makegapedcells    % <---
    \begin{array}{l l}
    $Polaire vergelijking$ & $Cartesiaans equivalent$   \\
r \cos\theta = 2                    & x=2           \\
r^2\cos \theta \sin \theta = 4      & xy=4          \\
r^2\cos^2\theta-r^2\sin^2\theta=1   & x^2-y^2=1     \\
r=1+2r\cos\theta                    & \begin{cases} 
                            y^2-3x^2-4x-1=0         \\  
                            \sqrt{x^2+y^2}=1+2x     \\ 
                                      \end{cases}   \\
  • Thank you, this helped a lot. Dec 27, 2020 at 18:44
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    Dec 27, 2020 at 18:48

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