How can I fix the vertical spacing between the numerator and the division symbol when entering fractions.

Eg. in the following code, the spacing between a and the division symbol is greater than one between b and the next (lower) division symbol.

\[ x = \dfrac{\dfrac{a}{b}}{c} \]
  • First of all, stacking fractions is not a recommended practice. You can use \mathstrut in the denominator of the inner fraction, so it will be raised a bit.
    – egreg
    Sep 16, 2012 at 21:13
  • The a in the numerator is higher because you might have something like \[\frac{a}{2}\frac{f}{4}\].
    – egreg
    Sep 16, 2012 at 21:49
  • @egreg I was trying to write \[ \phi = \frac{\dfrac{\text{fuel}}{\text{oxidizer}}} {\left(\dfrac{\text{fuel}}{\text{oxidizer}}\right)_{\text{st}}} \]. I could so something like \[ \phi = \frac{\text{fuel}/\text{oxidizer}} {(\text{fuel}/\text{oxidizer})_{\text{st}}} \] but found the former one easier to read. Later on I try to substitute in the numbers which are in the (a/b)/c form. Also mathstrut worked \[ x = \dfrac{\dfrac{a}{\mathstrut{b}}}{c} \].
    – mythealias
    Sep 16, 2012 at 22:29
  • You might try to use \text{\raisebox{-.4ex}{fuel}} if you really like to reduce the vertical space.
    – egreg
    Sep 16, 2012 at 22:47
  • Following egreg's suggestion I found a document which talks about number of recommended practices. Others may find it useful.
    – mythealias
    Sep 16, 2012 at 22:57

1 Answer 1


Playing with math styles:


\[ x
  = \dfrac{\dfrac{a}{b}}{c}
  = \dfrac{\frac{\textstyle a}{\textstyle b}}{c}
  = \dfrac{\frac{a}{b}}{c}
  \equiv \dfrac{\tfrac{a}{b}}{c}



You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .