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Hello everyone.

I recently stumbled upon something that I consider incredibly useful (and poor practice, I realize). I figured I'd post it here in the hopes of helping someone to discover this themselves.

Using Grapher to create LaTeX expressions for PF:

Go into Mac's Grapher and type up an equation. Grapher has a fairly intuitive expression editor in it. After you've created your equation right-click on the equation. An option should pop up saying "copy LaTeX expression". After that, when posting it to the forums, simply surround what's on your clipboard with [ tex] [ /tex] (minus the extra spaces) and you're done.

Here's some useful keyboard shortcuts for things such as sqrt, sigma, and the integral thingy.

To type these symbols in grapher, hold down "alt" then press the corresponding key

= - [tex]\neq [/tex]

p - [tex]\pi[/tex]

w - [tex]\sum_{a}^{b}{f\left( x \right)}[/tex] (notated for ease of reading)

d - [tex]\partial [/tex]

/ - [tex]\div [/tex]

b - [tex]\int_{a}^{b}{f\left( x \right)}[/tex]

v - [tex]\sqrt{a}[/tex]

V (capitol V) - [tex]\sqrt[a]{b}[/tex]

alt + capitol P makes a symbol which looks familiar and apparently can be used by Grapher but there seems to be some sort of issue with the LaTeX.

You can make ∆ via alt+j but there's no latex expression for it. Same goes for ≈ with alt+x.

î can be produce via alt+i then i again, but this seems pointless as it seems you can't make j-hat or k-hat.

Anyway, I hope I've been of help.

-Tim

edit: mutton pointed out that thereisa way to write delta and approximation via LaTeX (see below). Mac just doesn't do this for you. Sorry if the above comment was misleading. Thanks mutton.

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# LaTeX and Mac OS X's Grapher (advice)

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