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How to write conditional equations with one-sided curly brackets

So I'm trying to take notes in LaTeX and while I've been able to keep up with everything that's been thrown at me so far, one thing that took me for a loop was when the professor made a large right facing curly brace, with text stacked on top on the right of it and a single statement to the left and center of the curly brace.

Here's my photoshop rendering so that it is more clear:

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Is it possible to do something like this in LaTeX, without too much difficulty?


I can recommend http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php to fiddle with LaTeX equations.

You probably want something like this:

left to curl \left\{\begin{matrix}
first \\
second \\ 
  • Wow thank you so much, that was a lot simpler than I thought! And here I was delving into the multirow and bigdelim packages getting nothing but frustration. – user2027864 Jan 31 '13 at 7:18
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    Please notice that there's a standard LaTeX way how to make this, without matrix and \left...\right. See tex.stackexchange.com/questions/47170/… – yo' Jan 31 '13 at 7:48

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