# How do I post equations?

1. Apr 6, 2007

### _Andreas

I have no idea where I'm supposed to put this post, so I'll try here. Is there any way I can get equations written in Microsoft Word to show up in my posts here? Writing an equation directly in the post, like x=d*y^(1/2) for example, doesn't look very good and can be somewhat difficult to decipher sometimes.

2. Apr 6, 2007

### Integral

Staff Emeritus

3. Apr 6, 2007

### neutrino

You can attach the word document to your post, but others will not be able to view it until a moderator approves it.

A better solution would be to learn the LaTeX commands, which is quite simple one you learn the symbols, and post fancy stuff like $$\frac{\partial^2 \psi_i}{\partial t^2}$$. :) With it you can directly post readable equations immediately.

4. Apr 6, 2007

### _Andreas

Aha! Thanks! I'll try one immediately: $$a^x_n$$

5. Apr 10, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

Note also that MathType (the full version of Word's built-in equation editor) can export equations to the clipboard in LaTeX format. I don't know if the built-in equation editor can do it also.

In my copy of MathType (Mac OS X) the setting is under Preferences --> Translators.

6. Apr 10, 2007