OpenOffice.org/Math

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Adding a Formula[edit | edit source]

Math is used to insert a formula into a document. Open a new text document in OpenOffice. Then move the cursor to the point in the document where you want to insert your formula. Next select "Insert" "Object" and "Formula" from the tab, drop-down, and pop-out menus, respectively.

This will cause a new pane to appear below your text page and change the symbols at the top of the page. The formula elements are added in the lower pane while the formula itself will appear in the top pane.

When you first start Math, you should see two panes, one showing the text you have entered to get the formula (bottom pane), and one showing the rendered mathematical formula (top pane). There should also be a window open with some symbol buttons which can be used to enter code into the text window.

Example Formulas[edit | edit source]

a^2 + b^2 = c^2


int_{-infinity}^{infinity} {1 over {1 + x^2} } dx = %pi

sum from {n = 1} to {infinity} {1 over fact{n}} = {%pi^2 over 6}

{nitalic bold F}_e = {{ q_1 q_2 } over { 4 %pi %varepsilon_0 r^3 }} {nitalic bold hat r}

Symbols[edit | edit source]

To quickly access a list a of non-math-specific non-standard symbols, click Catalog (the "Σ" button).

View - Selection[edit | edit source]

sum from{i,j} ln((P(d_{ab}^{ij}) mline C) over (P(d_{ab}^{ij})))

Relations and Equalities[edit | edit source]

Set Operations[edit | edit source]

Common Functions[edit | edit source]

Operators[edit | edit source]

Vectors and Dots[edit | edit source]

Fonts, Colors and Size[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Enclosures - Braces, Brackets and Parentheses[edit | edit source]

Use the curvey brackets to group formula elements. For example, if you want to divide something by n - 1, your Math formula would include "over {n -1}"

Sub, Super[edit | edit source]

To get a subscript, include the following in your formula "{ X sub i}"

To get a superscript, include "{X ^ Y}"

Spaces, Returns and Alignment[edit | edit source]

Saving[edit | edit source]

The file with the math formulas is a text file, so just use the normal "save" or "save as" under the FILE tab.

Printing[edit | edit source]