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Formula Editor

This tutorial donated by Wayne Tschirhart

Formula Editor makes it easy to write mathematical formulas in symbolic form. For example, if you write 12 over 4 = 3, the follow will appear in Writer:

1. In OpenOffice, click File > New > Text Document. (The document appears. If on the desktop, click “Start > All Programs >OpenOffice 2.0 > OpenOffice.org Writer > File > New > Text Document.)

2. Click Insert > Object > Formula. (The cursor appears in the "Math" box at the bottom of the screen.)

3. Type 12 over 4 = 3. (The symbolic form appears in your document.)

4. Type 12 times 2 = 24 ( appears in your document.)

5. Type x times x = x^2. ( appears in your document.)

6. Click somewhere in the text document to close Math.

# Examples Of Formulas

The following are some possible formulas

1. 3 times 4 = 12

2. %PI func e^{5x}

3. int 4 x^5 + 2 x^4 + 6x dx

4. {df(t)} over {dt} = {partial f} over {partial x} {dx } over {dt} + {partial f} over {partial y} {dy } over {dt}

5. x = { -b +- sqrt { b^2 - 4ac } } over { 2a }

Note

Tutorials are improved by input from users. We solicit your constructive criticism.

Formula Editor      2008.07.05