Questions tagged [math-mode]

{math-mode} is about typesetting mathematical content, e.g. tweaking the appearance of spacing and symbols in a formula, or producing specific mathematical constructs. For questions about "wrapper" environments like equation or align, consider the tag {equations}.

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Why is \[ … \] preferable to $$ … $$?

I've heard that you should use \[ ... \] for displayed equations instead of $$ ... $$, but why is that? I'd assumed that it's so that you can more easily tell which are starting and which are ending ...
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Are \( and \) preferable to dollar signs for math mode?

Along the lines of Why is \[ ... \] preferable to $$ ... $$?, what reasons are there (if any) to favor \( ... \) over $ ... $?
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Show inline math as if it were display math

I'm very familiar with how symbols display differently in inline mode (with $) vs. how display math shows them (with \[ or $$). Two examples would be with limits $\lim_{n\righarrow \infty}f(x)$ vs. ...
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\subseteq + \circ as a single symbol (“open subset”)

I'm trying to create symbols \opn for "open subset" and \cls "closed subset". I want them to look like this: My current solution is: \def\opn{\!\ensuremath{\subseteq\!\!\!\!\!\raisebox{1pt}{$\circ$}}...
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What are the differences between $$, \[, align, equation and displaymath?

I once learnt, that it is uncool to use $$, but why is that? Why does \[ not act as a abbreviation to \begin{align}? I noticed, that there is a difference, since one cannot use & and \\ inside a ...
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How can I split an equation over two (or more) lines

I am having the following equation: \begin{equation} Q(\lambda,\hat{\lambda}) = -\frac{1}{2} P(O \mid \lambda ) \sum_s \sum_m \sum_t \gamma_m^{(s)} (t) \left( n \log(2 \pi ) + \log \left| C_m^{(s)} ...
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Highlight elements in the matrix

I have a matrix and need to highlight some elements in the matrix. I have found how to highlight a single element (I want to put the cell in the square): $$ A = \begin{bmatrix} \fbox{0} & \fbox{0}...
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Spacing around \left and \right

Why does the addition of a \left and \right introduces an extra space around the formula? Specifically, why do $\cos(\theta)$ and $\cos\left(\theta\right)$ render differently? Is there a way to use ...
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The mysteries of \mathpalette

I would like to make a macro, \vfrac, which output would look like: $$\displaylines{ \displaystyle\raise.25ex\hbox{$\displaystyle1$}\!/\!\lower.5ex\hbox{$\displaystyle2$} \cr \textstyle\raise....
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Define additional math operators to be typeset in roman

Mathematical operators, such as function names, should be set in roman type, not italics. Latex already has commands for some operators, including \max, \min, and \log. How can I define additional ...
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How can I get bold math symbols?

To make Latin-letter variables bold I can use e.g. \mathbf{a}, but while putting Greek letters or symbols such as \nabla inside \mathbf doesn't cause any errors or warnings, it also doesn't do ...
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When not to use \ensuremath for math macro?

I have gotten into the habit of using \ensuremath around math components in every macro that I define, so that I can use the same macro inside and outside of math mode. But egreg's comments in \...
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How to make \left, \right pairs of delimiter work over multiple lines?

I have a very long equation that must be separated into two lines, and it has several pairs of nesting \left \right delimiters. Unfortunately, it seems that they need to be on the same line in order ...
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Is it ever bad to use \left and \right?

For mathematics, is it ever disadvantageous to use \left( and \right) in equations? I can't see any way that doing this would hinder the typesetting, so why isn't () just converted into \left( \...
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What are all the font styles I can use in math mode?

As can be seen in above picture, there are lots of fonts or font styles that can be used in math mode. What are all the fonts or font styles I can use in math mode, and which packages are required in ...
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Can I get a \widebar without using the mathabx package?

One can use \bar to put a bar over a letter in math mode, but often the bar isn't wide enough. An alternative is \overline, but this isn't an accent, so it doesn't take into account the skew of the ...
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“(” or “\left(” parentheses?

What is the difference between ( and \left( in LaTeX? Sometimes, when the content is small, it does not seem to matter which pair I use. What is the best practice when it comes to which parentheses ...
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Separate long math text under sum symbol into different lines?

I have the following equation, where there is a lot of stuff under the sum symbol: \begin{equation} d(\vec{x},\vec{y})= \sum_{Z_{xy}\in\vec{Z}_{xy},\forall x\in\vec{x},\forall y\in\vec{y}} f(...
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How to draw arrows between parts of an equation to show the Math Distributive Property (Multiplication)?

There is a part of my paper where I use the distributive property and it can be not clear to the reader to see the operation (I'm using in proposional logic for a proof). The logic equation (part of) ...
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What is the “correct” way of embedding text into math mode?

Lets say I have something like: \[ Let x = number of cats \] (This is a contrived example, but pretend we are actually inside a long align environment block...) "Let" and "number of cats" need to ...
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Allowing line break at ',' in inline math mode?

In the inline math mode ($...$), if the formula is too long, LaTeX will try to break it on operators, e.g. very long text followed by a very long equation like $a+b+c+d+e+f+g+h+i+j+k+l$ etc may be ...
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How to use more than 10 tab stops in bmatrix or other amsmath matrix environments?

I'm using bmatrix environment from the amsmath package, and I'm trying to do something like this: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \begin{equation} \begin{...
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How to get Beamer Math to look like Article Math

In a LaTeX article, the math characters are more "curvy" than the text characters: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \begin{document} $x^2 + y^2 = z^2$ \end{document} In a beamer presentation, the math ...
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“Closed” (square) root symbol

I found a cool trick in the LaTeX wikibook which allows the square root sign to be altered such that it "closes" over its contents. Here's an example: ("closed" root on the left, normal one on the ...
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Automatic left and right commands

Is it possible to automatically "add" \left and \right commands in front of all brackets? The source code should be left intact, but LaTeX should interpret every pair of brackets as if they were ...
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How to create my own math operator with limits?

How can i write my own math operator with limits? I want it to look like: \sum\limits_{e=1}^{m} but with a capital A (if possible bigger than the normal text) instead of the sum. Thanks for the help!...
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Big integral sign

Is there a possibility to draw large integral signs? I have found the package bigints but I have the feeling it is not very professional... Any better idea?
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What is the difference between \mathbin vs. \mathrel?

These seem to be very similar as they both separate two operands. When would one be used over the other? Is there any difference in the math spacing surrounding them? How would the spacing in these ...
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Difference of the \dots*

I came to wonder, what is the difference between the following? \dotsc \dotso As well as between: \dotsb \dotsi \dotsm
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Which OpenType Math fonts are available?

What OpenType math fonts are there available for usage in TeX/LaTeX, e.g. with the unicode-math package? Here is a MWE which you can use to show off the font. \documentclass{article} \pagestyle{...
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How are big operators defined?

I would like to create a new "big operator", by which I mean something like the Σ character used for summations. I know about the \DeclareMathOperator* command, which creates an operator whose ...
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Absolute Value Symbols

What is the "best LaTeX practices" for writing absolute value symbols? Are there any packages which provide good methods? Some options include |x| and \mid x \mid, but I'm not sure which is best...
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\mid, | (vertical bar), \vert, \lvert, \rvert, \divides

What's the difference between the different vertical bars? $S = \{\, x \mid x \not= 17 \,\}$ $a \vert b$ implies $a \leq b$ when $b \ne 0$ $a|b$ implies $a \leq b$ when $b \ne 0$ $\lvert x \rvert$ is ...
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How can I write multiple lines in a subscript?

Is there a way to force a line break inside a math mode text? My example: \[ \underbrace{....}_\text{Some long text that should be multiline} \] Trying \text{Some long text that\\ should be ...
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how to scale math font only

I am trying to mimic our institute's PPt-template for presentation foils using the beamer-class. The corporate quidelines prescribe the use of Helvetica as the main font. However, package helvet does ...
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use of tikzpicture matrix in align or gather environment

So far I have found using the matrix command in the TikZ package is the only way of drawing a T-shape around the bottom row and middle column of entries in a matrix. I now need to use this matrix in ...
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What is \mathchoice?

Can someone give me a detailed starters' guide to \mathchoice? I was trying to define commands for underscript and overscript (which I have found out to exist and be called \underset and \overset), ...
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Is there a test for the different styles inside maths mode?

Is there a test for the different styles within maths mode? What I really want is to be able to save the current style to reinvoke it later on, but a \if along the lines of \ifmmode would work just ...
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Command for argmin or argmax?

How can you get the argmin or argmax in Latex? Two solutions I found are: \underset{x}{\operatorname{argmax}} \DeclareMathOperator*{\argmin}{arg\,min} Any other ideas? [1] http://www.breakthru....
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Big Parenthesis in an Equation

I have an equation contained inside \[...\], which automatically makes a \sum with sub- and superscripts turn big--so that the summation sign looks awkward inside parenthesis. Any idea how to make ...
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How to typeset $:=$ correctly?

I like to use $:=$ for "is defined to be equal to", but this is never typeset with the symmetry one would like, as the colon is always too low relatively to the equals sign. Is there any way of ...
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How to color math symbols?

One can use the command such as \textcolor[rgb]{1.00,0.00,0.00}{boundary} to color the word "boundary" in a document. Here is my question: How to color the math symbols in $$? For example, can one ...
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How to change default for spacing around binary relations?

In TeX and LaTeX, the math binary relations (like =, \parallel, <, \le ...) have a default (rubber-length) spacing to either side, which is too large for my liking. How can reduce it?
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Best way to create an system of equations environment?

I am trying to write a few systems of equations, and I want the terms to be nicely spaced as below 2x + y + 3z = 10 \\ x + y + z = 6 \\ x + 3y + 2z = 13 Now, using some ...
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Make mathfont respect the surrounding family

How can one make the math mode change its font according to the surrounding text? I have to use (pdf)latex. xelatex, luatex etc. are not possible alternatives in this case. \documentclass{scrartcl} ...
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Overlay symbol with another

Is it possible to overlay a symbol with another? I want to write an equal sign with a question mark overlayed (or the other way around). Note I don't want \stackrel{?}{=} I want the question mark ...
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Using \colon or : in formulas?

I noticed that in many documents you encounter $f: X \to Y$ instead of $f \colon X \to Y$. Another example are quantified expressions: $\forall x: P (x)$ versus $\forall x \colon P(x)$. I find the \...
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Vertically asymmetric size variation for parentheses

One of the difficulties I have with writing formulas in LaTeX is that the standard sizing tools for the variable-size operators (parentheses, etc.) do not account for "high" symbols and "low" symbols ...
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How to present a vertical multiplication/addition

How do I present vertical (columnar) multiplication and addition in LaTeX. Like this: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LongMultiplication.html 3 8 4 x 5 6 --------- 2 3 0 4 1 9 2 0 --------- 2 ...
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Proper use of \mathchoice

I am trying to learn how to use \mathchoice. Before the solution was posted for Non-invasive replacement for \fbox?, I attempted to use mathchoice to adjust the size of the parameter before ...