Write complex mathematical equations in PowerPoint

Write complex mathematical equations in PowerPoint

 Most courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, and engineering rely heavily on visual representations. Serious challenges arise as students attempt to translate and write complex equations for online assignments. LaTeX, is a typesetting language for mathematical notation, however writing in LaTeX is akin to computer programming; strict rules must be followed about how equations are represented. If the user breaks one of these rules when typing a LaTeX equation, the process of converting the code to readable equations will be derailed. What you may not know is that PowerPoint offers a similar, user friendly, tool.

Here’s how to write complex mathematical equations in PowerPoint:

  1. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon (PC) or click on the Insert pull down menu (Mac)
  2. Click the Insert Object button (PC) or select Object from the Insert pull down menu (Mac)
  3. Select Microsoft Equation 3.0 (PC) or Microsoft equation (Mac)

The equation editor opens. You see the Equation toolbar, the menu bar, and a frame in which to write a mathematical expression. (If you don’t see the Equation toolbar, choose View-> Toolbar.) Use the equation editor to place mathematical equations and expressions on PowerPoint slides.

Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, demonstrates building equations in PowerPoint

When you’re finished editing an equation, click the Close button in the Equation Editor. To edit an equation on a PowerPoint slide, double-click it. The Equation Editor opens on-screen.

This process works on both Mac and PC for 2010 and 2013 versions of PowerPoint.

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