# Math and Science Formulas Using LaTeX

Pressbooks supports LaTeX code, a typesetting language that is often used to format complex science and math equations, using MathJax built into the software.

## How to Add LaTeX Equations

LaTeX can be added using the LaTeX option in the visual text editor when editing a chapter or section, or by writing out shortcodes as shown.

Note: The LaTeX shortcodes below are coloured to show examples. Actual formulas and shortcodes have to be the same color and style.

- [latex]latex code here[/latex]
- $latex latex code here$

### Example 1:

[latex]\left(1+x\right)^n=1+\frac{nx}{1!}+\frac{n\left(n-1\right)x^2}{2!}+\ldots[/latex]

[latex]\left(1+x\right)^n=1+\frac{nx}{1!}+\frac{n\left(n-1\right)x^2}{2!}+\ldots[/latex]

### Example 2:

$latex \left(1+x\right)^n=1+\frac{nx}{1!}+\frac{n\left(n-1\right)x^2}{2!}+\ldots$

[latex]\left(1+x\right)^n=1+\frac{nx}{1!}+\frac{n\left(n-1\right)x^2}{2!}+\ldots[/latex]

## Using LaTeX syntax in H5P elements

You can draft equations inside of H5P elements in Pressbooks with MathJax LaTeX.

For H5P elements, use these LaTeX shortcodes:

- \(some LaTeX\)
- $$some LaTeX$$
- \[some LaTeX\]

**Additional Resources**

- LaTex in WordPress
- LaTeX reference guides
- MathJax (SPSCC Pressbooks Tutorial)

*B.C. Open Textbook Authoring Guide*(archived version) by Lauri Aesoph and Amanda Coolidge, and from the SPSCC Pressbooks Tutorial on MathJax by Alaka Pradhan, each licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License,