First,I want to say I study F&Q carefully,and...maybe because I am stupid.I just want to say I still can't get it how to create nice and beautiful math formula.

This is how I do it

For example,I want to create a formula $\int_{}^{}{\tan ^{}\theta d\theta }$ First,open Mac Grapher,then I will create $\int_{}^{}{\tan ^{}\theta d\theta }$ in Grapher,then chose "Copy LaTex Expression",and paste it here.Add $ $.

Is this right?Is there another way? Sorry for asking such a stupid question.


Just learn basic $\LaTeX$, in one of a million ways, and write it directly. I should also add that exporting $\LaTeX$ formulas usually gives a very bad and inefficient formula, which may cause the belief that the syntax is hard and complicated.

It's not. It's not very easy, but it's not too hard to use directly.

Some resources:

  1. MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference.

  2. Detexify.

  3. Online LaTeX Equation Editor.

  4. Open any $\LaTeX$-heavy answer, click "edit" and see what sort of code is used to produce the different parts.

  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn: Yes, I realized that I could add some links and whatnot. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jan 25 '13 at 12:53
  • $\begingroup$ I've said it before and I'll say it again until people stop recommending clicking the edit button just to see the TeX source: Just right-click on the math and choose Show Math As > TeX Commands. $\endgroup$ – user856 Jan 25 '13 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Rahul: When the result is not a new window, I'll start recommending it. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jan 25 '13 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ @RahulNarain: new users may not know what is $\LaTeX$ and what is markup. Looking at the raw source is sometimes easier, and shows what is in $...$ and what is in $$...$$. I think both (MathJax contextual menu and edit box) are useful. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Jan 25 '13 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn, Asaf: Fair enough. I'll stop saying it. $\endgroup$ – user856 Jan 25 '13 at 13:02

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