Silverman, Andrew


In this presentation, I will cover one advanced feature of Microsoft Word--namely, using MS Equation to write mathematical and scientific equations.
Some math or science teachers are in the habit of leaving empty spaces as they prepare work for their classes. After printing one copy, they will go back to the empty spaces and hand draw the mathematic or scientific symbols needed before copying a class set of the assignments or tests. Such a habit is superfluous and time-consuming. In Word, there exists a feautre called MS Equation, which offers both the mathematical and scientific symbols necessary to write complex equations.
In order to utilize this feature, go to the Insert menu and click Object. In the Object menu that pops up, scroll down and find MS Equation. msword_object_eq.gif
Select the OK button and two things will appear; a work area (outlined in dashed lines) and the equation toolbar. Each section of the toolbar has pull down menus to allow you to select exactly what you need. You will return to the toolbar several times before finishing a complicated equation. Work cautiously. It is sometimes best to discard an equation and start over when you are first learning to use MS Equation. If you do not see the Equation toolbar, go to the View menu and select Toolbar.
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Pay attention to where the flashing cursor is located before adding a new symbol from the toolbar. The MS Equation cursor has a vertical component and a horizontal component. The horizontal component underlines the portion of the equation you are currently working on. In the example below, the left image indicates that you are working only on the numerator of the fraction. In contrast, the right image indicates that you would still be working inside the parentheses, but your entry would be in relation to the entire fraction.
external image msword_eq_under.gif