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#1 2008-07-09 07:27:41

JaneFairfax
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How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

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#2 2008-07-09 07:49:02

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

MathsIsFun, can you enable the cfrac command?


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#3 2008-07-09 10:07:58

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

If I knew how ... I better start Googling "cfrac", hey?


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#4 2008-07-09 15:42:38

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

Ah, I thought we could only use latex command that you "approve" (or something of the sort).  It should be a standard command... not sure why it doesn't work.


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#5 2008-07-09 17:40:06

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

Examples of "amsmath package" commands:

For some reason cfrac doesn't work ... why?


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#6 2008-07-09 22:17:18

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

You don’t need \cfrac. Guess what. I just discovered \dfrac! tongue

Does that have the same visual effect as \cfrac? roll

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#7 2008-07-09 23:20:55

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

It looks fine to me. And it gets me off the hook smile


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#8 2008-07-10 04:00:59

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

\dfrac is the display style version of \frac.  It is equivalent to doing:

\displaystyle \frac{stuff}{stuff}

Display style is meant for mathematical symbols not to be inlined with text.  \sum with give you a small summation sign about the size of the line, while \displaystyle \sum will give you a much larger one, which the indicies properly underneath and on top instead of the typical subscript and superscript.

If you aren't having it inline with text, then a good idea is to use \begin{equation} ... \end{equation}.  This will not only put you in "displaystyle" mode, but also center everything.

Back on topic... our dfrac is actually cfrac (not sure how that happened...).  Take a look at this link.


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#9 2008-07-10 10:30:20

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

Amazing ... and I don't know why. I just installed the package that was available and it does what it does.


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#10 2009-07-14 08:01:56

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

I am working on a LaTeX project in which I need a weird new symbol called a 'mark' or 'cross'. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_of_Form to see how it looks and how it is used (hit the link for section 5.5.2 Sentential logic).

I'm looking for something that would act much like the square root sign that can easily be done in LaTeX. That is, the \sqrt{} figures out how high the 'checkmark' part should be and how wide the 'overbar' part should be when it is nested, e.g.

\sqrt{\sqrt{A\sqrt{B}}\sqrt{\sqrt{A}B}}

The 'checkmark' on the left of the \sqrt sign should be a simple vertical bar on the right side, with the 'overbar' part the same. Do I need the CODE that makes the \sqrt{} work like it does so I can modify it to this purpose?

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#11 2009-07-14 12:09:37

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

I use \dfrac in complex fractions . . .


and \tfrac for smaller fractions . . .

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Someone showed me how to insert spaces in an array.

A matrix with fractions often looks very crowded:

\begin{pmatrix}
\frac{1}{4} & \frac{3}{4} \\
\frac{2}{3} & \frac{1}{3}
\end{pmatrix}

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\begin{pmatrix}
\frac{1}{4} & \frac{3}{4} \\ \\[-3mm]
\frac{2}{3} & \frac{1}{3}
\end{pmatrix}


Evidently the \\ adds another line feed
. . and the [-3mm] makes it "back up" 3 mm.


I've taken an array like this:

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and morphed it into this:

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#12 2009-07-15 02:47:19

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

That’s amazing! up


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#13 2009-07-20 10:45:45

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

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#14 2009-07-21 10:46:56

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX


This is easy!

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#15 2009-07-21 11:06:41

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

Nice, how was it done?


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#16 2009-07-21 11:46:06

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

Click "quote".


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#17 2009-07-22 08:41:13

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

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#18 2009-07-24 08:46:50

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX


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#19 2009-08-01 07:07:08

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Re: How to make nested expressions look better in LaTeX

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