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-5/6 + -8/9 =

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

NinjaDevo  Aug 4, 2014
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$$\begin{array}{l}
\left(-\frac{5}{6}\right) + \left(-\frac{8}{9}\right)\\
The\;problem\;here\;is\;that\;we\;need\;a\;common\;denominator.\\
To\;fix\;this,\;let's\;multiply\;the\;first\;fraction\;by\;\frac{3}{3}\;
and\;the\;second\;fraction\;by\;\frac{2}{2}.\\
This\;will\;give\;us\;a\;common\;demoninator\;(bottom\;number)\;of\;18.\\
\left(\frac{-5}{6}\times\frac{3}{3}\right) + \left(\frac{-8}{9}\times\frac{2}{2}\right)\\
\left(\frac{-15}{18}\right) + \left(\frac{-16}{18}\right)\\
Now\;that\;we\;have\;a\;common\;demoninator,\;we\;can\;add\;these\;fractions.\\
\left(\frac{-31}{18}\right)\\
So,\;that's\;our\;answer.\;You\;could\;also\;write\;this\;as\;a\;mixed\;number\;like\;so:\\
-1\frac{13}{18}\\
\end{array}$$

NinjaDevo  Aug 4, 2014
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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.

Melody  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

NinjaDevo  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.  

Melody  Aug 5, 2014
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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!

Alan  Aug 5, 2014
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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. 

Melody  Aug 6, 2014

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