Math
The Easy Way to Insert Equations and Formulas in Documents
Math is the LibreOffice suite's formula editor, that can be
invoked
in your text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings, to
enable you to insert perfectlyformatted mathematical and scientific
formulas. Your formulas can include a wide range of elements, from
fractions, terms with exponents and indices, integrals, and
mathematical functions, to inequalities, systems of equations, and
matrices.
You can start Math either as a standalone application
directly from
the LibreOffice Start Center, or you can call it up when you need it,
from within the Writer word processor, the Calc spreadsheet, the
Impress presentations manager or the Draw graphics package, via the
menu choices "Insert" > "Object" > "Formula".
Math's formula description language is easy to learn and use,
and
you'll quickly learn how to create and edit complex formulas with
little practice.
For example, to insert a fraction (see the screenshot), you
use the
word "over", namely: {a} over {b} = {b} over {a + b}. The curly braces
enclose each group of elements.
The components of the formula description language are easy to
insert via toolbars and popup menus:
 Open the View menu, and activate the "Selection" toolbar.
 Or open the popup menu by rightclicking in the editor
area.
 Or open the "Catalog" of Greek letters and a large number
of
special characters, by going to the "Tools" menu and choosing
"Catalog", or else simply click on the summation tool in the "Math
Tools" toolbar.
You can set a variety of properties and enter parameters for
formula objects via the "Format" menu, while the equation editor is
open.
Your formulas can be inserted in your documents, or can be
saved in
OpenDocument formula format (*. odf), MathML format, or PDF format.
