# Help:Math

## LaTeX

You can enter LaTeX equations by enclosing them in <math>...</math> tags. This uses the Math extension. For LaTeX math help, see:

- LaTeX documentation
- The Not so Short Introduction to LaTex - with a very complete chapter on typesetting mathematical formulas

### Examples

<math>\sqrt[3]{a x + x^2}</math> produces

The acceleration of a solar sail due to solar pressure given the position vector from the sun to the sail is:

where is max sail acceleration at Earth's distance from the sun (1 AU), is the length of an astronomical unit, is the magnitude of , and is the unit vector normal to the sail surface.

## Mimetex

*Deprecated. Please follow LaTeX instructions from now on.*

Mathematics can be displayed on SolarSailWiki using the Mimetex program, which uses a subset of the LaTeX math formulas. All you need to do is enclose a valid TeX/LaTeX formula inside <tex>...</tex> tags. Formulas will be rendered as GIF images.

- Mimetex documentation
- LaTeX documentation
- The Not so Short Introduction to LaTex - with a very complete chapter on typesetting mathematical formulas

Some examples:

<tex>\sqrt[3]{a x + x^2}</tex> produces

The acceleration of a solar sail due to solar pressure given the position vector from the sun to the sail is:

where is max sail acceleration at Earth's distance from the sun (1 AU), is the length of an astronomical unit, is the magnitude of , and is the unit vector normal to the sail surface.