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 Mar 25 '17 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 $\mathfrak P$. $\endgroup$ – Robert Soupe Mar 25 '17 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ I bookmarked all the links, thank you. $\endgroup$ – bobh Mar 25 '17 at 16:34
  • $\begingroup$ A few links related to writing mathematical expressions on this site can be found here and here. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Mar 29 '17 at 4:56

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 Mar 25 '17 at 15:44
  • $\begingroup$ Wil delete in a minute or so. $\endgroup$ – bobh Mar 25 '17 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 Mar 25 '17 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 Mar 25 '17 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 Mar 25 '17 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ OK I will leave it there.Bye $\endgroup$ – bobh Mar 25 '17 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 Apr 5 '17 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 Mar 29 '17 at 1:53

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