I want to use the following formula:

Formula from physics.SE

or, in markup:

$$| \sum_i \vec{v}_i \Delta t_i  |$$

I want to make nice height-matched absolute value delimiters, but I can't use any packages (I'm using MathJax). Is there a way to do this in pure math mode?

  • MathJax questions are in almost all cases off-topic here, and your question for me belongs to them. You could ask instead in the MathJaX Help Forums.
    – Speravir
    Feb 19, 2013 at 1:21
  • This meta post says they're a borderline case, but still allowable. I'll rephrase the question to make it less MathJax-specific.
    – Dan
    Feb 19, 2013 at 1:28
  • Do \big|/\Big|/\bigg|/\Bigg| work?
    – Speravir
    Feb 19, 2013 at 1:45
  • BTW on Stack Overflow it should not be off-topic. There is also a tag, see stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/mathjax.
    – Speravir
    Feb 19, 2013 at 2:11
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    @Speravir: Yes, but I was hoping for something more automatic, where I don't have to manually pick the size of the delimiters.
    – Dan
    Feb 19, 2013 at 2:12

1 Answer 1


You can use \left|....\right| for automatic sizing, or as Spervir comments: choose the size explicitly as (for example) \bigl|....\bigr|

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