# alignat at 3 columns

\newcommand{\update}{\leftarrow}
\begin{alignat*}{2}
&c = 0 \wedge [c \update c - 1] &\wedge \bigcirc [c \update c + 1] &\to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\
&c = 0 \wedge [c \update c + 1] &\wedge \bigcirc [c \update c - 1] &\to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\
&c = 0 \wedge [c \update c] &\wedge \bigcirc [c \update c] &\to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\
\end{alignat*}


What I have currently: Can I change it so that the second \wedge is aligned with the others as well?

Basically I want three alignments:

• Left-alignment
• Alignment in the middle \wedge
• Alignment at the \to

You forgot that n alignment points require 2n-1 ampersands, as except for the first column, each new alignment point requires one & to mark the beginning of a new column, and another & to mark the alignment point inside this column.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{amsmath, amssymb}
\newcommand{\update}{\leftarrow}

\begin{document}

\begin{alignat*}{3}
c &= 0 \wedge [c \update c - 1] & & \wedge \bigcirc [c \update c + 1] & &\to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\
c &= 0 \wedge [c \update c + 1] & & \wedge \bigcirc [c \update c - 1] & &\to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\
c &= 0 \wedge [c \update c] & & \wedge \bigcirc [c \update c] & &\to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\
\end{alignat*}

\end{document} Can use array as well.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\begin{document}

\newcommand{\update}{\leftarrow}
$\begin{array}{l@{\;}l@{\;}l} c = 0 \wedge [c \update c - 1] & \wedge \bigcirc [c \update c + 1] & \to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\ c = 0 \wedge [c \update c + 1] & \wedge \bigcirc [c \update c - 1] & \to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\ c = 0 \wedge [c \update c] & \wedge \bigcirc [c \update c] & \to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\ \end{array}$

\end{document} If you want to use an alignat environment, you need to tell it to use 3 columns (that is, three pairs of one right-aligned and one left-aligned column). And you need to place the alignment markers accordingly.

Because you do not want the first column to be right-aligned, you need to place the first alignment marker at the start of each line to leave the first (right-aligned) column empty.

The next columns should also not be right-aligned, so you need to place two ampersands before the \wedge symbol and the \to symbol. This way, all the right-aligned columns will be empty and what is left is three left-aligned columns.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}

\begin{document}

\newcommand{\update}{\leftarrow}
\begin{alignat*}{3}
&c = 0 \wedge [c \update c - 1] &&\wedge \bigcirc [c \update c + 1] &&\to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\
&c = 0 \wedge [c \update c + 1] &&\wedge \bigcirc [c \update c - 1] &&\to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\
&c = 0 \wedge [c \update c] &&\wedge \bigcirc [c \update c] &&\to \bigcirc \bigcirc c = 0 \\
\end{alignat*}

\end{document} • I'm a little confused -- wouldn't this be 4 columns?
– gust
Mar 24 at 20:17
• Well, 2 columns essentially means 2 pairs of one right-aligned and one left-align column. So you would have right-aligned & left-aligned & right-aligned & left-aligned. But here, we need more in order to have everything aligned properly. Mar 24 at 20:24
• Your code has a small problem: normally, 3 columns require 5 &. Here it works because the final part is the same in all equations. Mar 27 at 23:09
• Yes, this is true. Thanks for pointing this out. Mar 27 at 23:24