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# -5/6 + -8/9 =

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$$\begin{array}{l} \left(-\frac{5}{6}\right) + \left(-\frac{8}{9}\right)\\ The\;problem\;here\;is\;that\;we\;need\;a\;common\;denominator.\\ To\;fix\;this,\;let's\;multiply\;the\;first\;fraction\;by\;\frac{3}{3}\; and\;the\;second\;fraction\;by\;\frac{2}{2}.\\ This\;will\;give\;us\;a\;common\;demoninator\;(bottom\;number)\;of\;18.\\ \left(\frac{-5}{6}\times\frac{3}{3}\right) + \left(\frac{-8}{9}\times\frac{2}{2}\right)\\ \left(\frac{-15}{18}\right) + \left(\frac{-16}{18}\right)\\ Now\;that\;we\;have\;a\;common\;demoninator,\;we\;can\;add\;these\;fractions.\\ \left(\frac{-31}{18}\right)\\ So,\;that's\;our\;answer.\;You\;could\;also\;write\;this\;as\;a\;mixed\;number\;like\;so:\\ -1\frac{13}{18}\\ \end{array}$$

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Aug 4, 2014

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$$\begin{array}{l} \left(-\frac{5}{6}\right) + \left(-\frac{8}{9}\right)\\ The\;problem\;here\;is\;that\;we\;need\;a\;common\;denominator.\\ To\;fix\;this,\;let's\;multiply\;the\;first\;fraction\;by\;\frac{3}{3}\; and\;the\;second\;fraction\;by\;\frac{2}{2}.\\ This\;will\;give\;us\;a\;common\;demoninator\;(bottom\;number)\;of\;18.\\ \left(\frac{-5}{6}\times\frac{3}{3}\right) + \left(\frac{-8}{9}\times\frac{2}{2}\right)\\ \left(\frac{-15}{18}\right) + \left(\frac{-16}{18}\right)\\ Now\;that\;we\;have\;a\;common\;demoninator,\;we\;can\;add\;these\;fractions.\\ \left(\frac{-31}{18}\right)\\ So,\;that's\;our\;answer.\;You\;could\;also\;write\;this\;as\;a\;mixed\;number\;like\;so:\\ -1\frac{13}{18}\\ \end{array}$$

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Hi Ninja,

Another way to write words is with a message box     \mbox{This will be a comment}

I saw heurika use some other command for a message but this is the one i use.

You cannot put any maths things inside the parenthenses LaTex will not accept it.

Aug 5, 2014
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Thanks Melody.

I see Alan did a similar thing..but it looks like he did two dolar signs? I'm not sure, here's his post on this: http://web2.0calc.com/questions/find-the-average-slope#r5

Aug 5, 2014
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Alan is here so he can tell us!  Please Alan.

I actually don't think that Alan's $signs did anything. If you are working with LaTex away from a forum you need to put$ signs around the maths made parts.

On forums this is effectively done for you.  I know Alan writes a lot of his Latex and coppies it over.  He probably didn't here but the $signs would just be a habit that he is in. I don't know why he has put the 2 extra dollar signs at the front. I think he would b e happy to tell us though. This was your code Alan $$\int dx$$$\int dx$$------------------------------------------------------------------- The other day Heureka used something else instead of \mbox{} It had the same purpose. I cant remember what it was but it would be referred to in the LaTex thread for sure. I have been faily consciencious about updating and adding to the LaTex thread. Although I will admit that it is a bit of a mess. Aug 5, 2014 #5 0 NinjaDevo sent me a message about this. Here's a copy of the reply I sent him: The default for the LaTeX box on the site is to be in "Display" math mode. I often switch this off to begin with by inserting$$ right at the start. If I then type words it comes out as text.

In the "average slope" case I wanted to start with some "Inline" math, which requires a single $immediately before and immediately after the math (so it looks like I started the whole thing with 3 dollar signs - 2 to switch off the default "Display" mode and 1 to switch on the "Inline" mode). Putting $$immediately before and after the math produces "Display" mode math, where the math appears centred on a new line. You switch off math mode and enter text mode by using either (for "Inline" math) or$$ (for "Display" math). Hope this helps. PS I'm no LaTeX expert - I just use trial and error and see what results! Aug 5, 2014 #6 0 I'll have to play with this. So you use the$\$ instead of using \mbox then ? You don't have to turn it off at the end then?

Doesn't matter I shall have to play. Aug 6, 2014