How do I use the Equation Editor? (Math and Stats)

Document created by Vishal Sharma on Jan 12, 2017
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For some questions in quizzes and homework, an Equation Editor will pop-up for you to enter your answer. You will see this option anytime the input expected is not a common keyboard entry string.

Place your cursor in the entry box by clicking the equation entry box

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  • Enter your answer as an expression (no = sign). Use the symbol and formatting options as appropriate.
  • Choose Submit from the bottom right corner.


Example 1: Entering “twelve-thirteenths” in the Equation Editor

From the menu on the left, choose the highlighted top option to create a numerator and denominator. Then place your cursor in the numerator to type 12, and tab or move your cursor to the denominator to type 13. Then select Submit from the lower right.

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Example 2: Entering both a super-script and a sub-script on a symbol

All of the highlighted menus in the image below were used to write the formula shown. From the quick-pick options on the left, the fractional form and exponent were used. At the upper left the menu option to display a symbol with both a super-script and sub script was chosen. From the statistical symbols menu on the upper right, sigma was chosen.

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The Equation Editor menus across the top allow all of the following symbols:

The options in each of the drop-down menus are shown below, with the menu being displayed highlighted in red.
In the first menu the object highlighted is the one chosen in Example 2 to display sigma with both a super-script and a sub-script.

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