Formula editor is currently not working and might take a while to get fixed. I recommend that you try using gMath as it now implements everything that Formula Editor had and more.
Google Docs add-on that lets you write equations using an interactive MathQuill text box and/or a LaTeX text box and to Insert these equations into your document as images. Equation images in a document can then be Edited and reinserted back into the document.
Writing mathematics using MathQuill
The easiest way to enter maths is to just write almost plain text into the top text box.
- Fractions → forward slash /
- Subscripts → underscore _
- Superscripts/Powers → caret ^
- Square roots → \sqrt
- Trigonometric functions → \sin, \cos, \tan, etc...
\div ÷, \times ×, \forall ∀, \cdot · , etc...
Greek letters are entered using \alpha, \beta, \gamma, \Gamma, \delta, \Delta, etc..
A good summary of LaTeX symbol names can be found on the Art of Problem Solving help page. For a more comprehensive list, see this list from CTAN.
Writing Mathematics using LaTeXFor equations that require elements like aligned, multiline equations, the maths will need to be entered using LaTeX. A good quick resource for symbol and formatting commands is the Wikipedia help page: Formatting using TeX. The CodeCogs equation editor is a useful graphical interface for producing LaTeX expressions.
Formula editor was inspired by Johan Falk's gLaTeX project and g(Math) by John McGowan. It also owes a debt to the reviewer at Google who pushed it to become a lot more polished than it otherwise would have been.
Bugs and limitations
The formula editor is a work in progress and there are some known bugs and limitations. Please contact me if you think you have found any bugs other than those listed below. Especially contact me if you know how to work around the limitations or fix the bugs listed below!
- Inline math formatting only works with CodeCogs
Font sizes do not work with CodeCogs
- (31/08/2014) there is now a work-around in place
- Selecting text in the MathQuill box and then typing converts the expression into its LaTeX representation. It should behave more logically than that: see the demo at http://mathquill.com/.
- Copying and Pasting does not work in the MathQuill box.