LaTeX - Tips and Tricks for Content Creators
Ever feel as though using your mouse and keyboard is slowing you down when creating content? Look no further, this article can help you!
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Written by Sofie Bastiaansen
Updated over a week ago

We often receive questions from content creators about speeding up the process of creating content in Grasple. One practical way in creating content more efficiently is by typing LaTeX code when composing exercises and questions. In this article, some tips and tricks are presented as well as an overview of all LaTeX code that is used in Grasple. 

Grasple makes use of the mark-up language LaTeX in order to visually display mathematical notation. The buttons around the answer box are essentially shortcuts for LaTeX code, but it is possible to write out these codes manually. It might seem like a tedious task to learn to write out exercises and questions using LaTeX, but it can definitely accelerate the process of creating content

LaTeX codes can in some instances be readily found on your keyboard. For example, the LaTeX code for the division symbol is simply a forward slash ( / ). However, in most instances codes are prefixed by a backslash ( \ ).

There's a notable difference between writing LaTeX code in the answer box and in text (as is visually displayed in the GIFs below). 

In the answer box, LaTeX code is instantly displayed.  

In normal text, you can type either ctrl+shift+e, ctrl+shift+alt+e or command+shift+e to make the math-box appear in the editor.

Alternatively (in normal text), you can select the LaTeX-code you want to insert and then use the combination command/ctrl+shift(+alt)+e. This will place your text selection inside the math-box. This means you can already type out the entire question (including LaTeX code) before rendering the symbols correctly.  

Finally, you can navigate with the arrow buttons into and out of math-boxes. See below an example.

Below, you can find an overview of all codes that are used in the buttons around the answer box starting from the top left going right. 

Symbols not (yet) included around the answer box

  • Imaginary number: "i" or "I"

  • Indicating absolute numbers: "|" (i.e. vertical bar on keyboard)

  • Greater than or equal to: ">="

  • Smaller than or equal to: "<="

  • Plus: "+"

  • Minus: "-"

  • Equals: "=" 

Upper panel

  • Division symbol: "/" (followed by filling in the numerator, pressing 'tab', and filling in the denominator)

  • Multiplication symbol: "*" or "\cdot" (+ spacebar)

  • Exponentiation symbol: "^"

  • Square root symbol: "\sqrt" (+ spacebar)

  • Square root with exponents symbol: copy this code "\sqrt[3]{16}"

  • Pi symbol: "\pi" (+ spacebar)

  • Euler's number: "e" (note: the "exp" function is not supported for this number)

Lower panel
Greek Alphabet

  • Alpha: "\alpha" (+spacebar)

  • Beta: "\beta" (+ spacebar)

  • Gamma: "\gamma" (+ spacebar)

  • Delta: "\delta" (+ spacebar)

  • Epsilon: "\epsilon" (+ spacebar)

  • Zeta: "\zeta" (+ spacebar)

  • Eta: "\eta" (+ spacebar)

  • Theta: "\theta" (+ spacebar)

  • Iota: "\iota" (+ spacebar)

  • Kappa: "\kappa" (+ spacebar)

  • Lambda: "\lambda" (+ spacebar)

  • Mu: "\mu" (+ spacebar)

  • Nu: "\nu" (+ spacebar)

  • Omicron - There's no LaTeX command for omicron (simply use 'o')

  • Pi: "\pi" (+ spacebar)

  • Rho: "\rho" (+ spacebar)

  • Sigma: "\sigma" (+ spacebar)

  • Tau: "\tau" (+ spacebar)

  • Upsilon: "\upsi" (+ spacebar)

  • Phi: "\phi" (+ spacebar)

  • Chi: "\chi" (+ spacebar)

  • Psi: "\psi" (+ spacebar)

  • Omega: "\omega" (+ spacebar)

Trigonometric functions

  • Sine: "sin"

  • Cosine: "cos"

  • Tangent: "tan"

  • Arcsine: "arcsin"

  • Arccosine: "arccos"

  • Arctangent: "arctan"

Calculus symbols

  • Integral: "\int" (+ spacebar)

  • Summation symbol: "\sum" (+ spacebar)

  • Product symbol: "\prod" (+ spacebar)

  • Limit of the equation: "\lim" (+ spacebar)

  • Normal logarithm: "log"

  • Natural logarithm : "ln"

  • Logarithm with any other base: "log_" (+ choose base, press 'tab' button)

  • Factorial operation: "!"

  • Binomial Coefficient: "\binom" (+spacebar, choose 'value for n', press 'tab' button, choose 'value for k'. Note here that simply typing (n/k) doesn't work here!

  • Subscript: "_" (+ choose value)

  • Overline: "\bar" (+ spacebar)

  • Overhat: "\hat" (+ spacebar)

  • Matrix (2x2): "\pmatrix" (+ spacebar, press 'tab' button to navigate)

If you have any questions regarding the use of LaTeX in our platform, please let us know by contacting us via the blue button on the bottom right! 

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