I need to use certain symbols when asking someone to assist with a problem. Is there a list I can go to or quick method of using them, please? I am new to this site btw.

I will delete this question as soon as possible so it doesn't get in the way of other people's questions.

Thank you in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ You don't know symbols names or you don't know symbols? $\endgroup$
    – Fawad
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 15:36
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    $\begingroup$ Like they used to say on G.I. Joe, knowing is half the battle. If you know what the symbol is called, then you can look it up on your favorite search engine, e.g., the circled plus sign $\oplus$, or the Fraktur P $\mathfrak P$. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ I bookmarked all the links, thank you. $\endgroup$
    – bobh
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 16:34
  • $\begingroup$ A few links related to writing mathematical expressions on this site can be found here and here. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 4:56

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Welcome to Math SE!

Have a look at how to format mathematics on Math SE.

Here is a very cool little tool called Detexify LaTeX where you can draw the symbol you are looking for and the system will tell you what the TeX command is.

Finally, I suggest that you bookmark this very useful MathJax tutorial as a quick reference for future posts.


Using Wolfram, another useful tool is TeXForm[expr] which converts a Wolfram input into TeX. It is possible to go from one language to the other with either ToExpression["input",TeXForm]or TeXForm[expr] to convert documents.

(See Generating and Importing TeX)

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your patience and assistance. sorry to trouble you. :D $\endgroup$
    – bobh
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 15:44
  • $\begingroup$ Wil delete in a minute or so. $\endgroup$
    – bobh
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ @bobh No problem and don't be sorry for needing help. If that answer helped you, please click the green check next to it to mark it as accepted. $\endgroup$
    – user409521
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ I have done that, and am now deleting this post. thx for your time. I bookmarked the pages etc. :D Have a good day. $\endgroup$
    – bobh
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 15:51
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    $\begingroup$ @bobh It is recommended that you avoid deleting questions that received answers since this content may be useful to other users in the future, thanks understanding. $\endgroup$
    – user409521
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ OK I will leave it there.Bye $\endgroup$
    – bobh
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ I think quite a few programming languages do that, i know sage does with latex(expr) to turn maths into latex, $\endgroup$
    – mdave16
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 18:50

The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX is also an excellent reference for symbols and typesetting.

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    $\begingroup$ Great ressource, thank you for that! $\endgroup$
    – user409521
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 1:53

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