Canvas has an integrated tool for math and science formulas based on LaTeX, the industry standard for academic publication. The LaTeX Math Editor is built into the Rich Content Editor. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). Canvas also includes the option to create equations and expressions with its graphical point-and-click editor.

The Math Editor can be used for basic mathematical formatting for introductory math courses or for more advanced mathematical text for higher-level math courses. Both students and instructors have access to the editor.

For more help, download the following PDF files:

**Note**: To have characters #, $, %, &, ^, _, {, and } appear in the Rich Content Editor, when your equation is inserted, you must use Advanced View and type a backslash (\) before the character. The ~ character can be inserted through Advanced View by typing \~~. The $ character can be inserted through Basic View by typing \$$.

## Open Rich Content Editor

Open the Rich Content Editor using one of the Canvas features which support the Editor.

## Open Math Editor

Click the **Pi** icon to open the Math Editor. A pop-up window will appear in your browser.

## Create Basic Math Equation

Use the Math Editor toolbar [1] to insert a equation in the equation field [2].

**Note**: You can click **Switch View to Advanced** to type or copy and paste in LaTeX [3]. In Advanced View, do not use

"\begin

Unknown macro: {equation}

\end"

to avoid receiving an error.

## Save Changes

Click the **Save** button to save any changes to the post made in the Rich Content Editor.

**Note**: When using the Rich Content Editor in Assignments, Discussions, Pages, and Quizzes, you have the option to Save & Publish. When using the Rich Content Editor in the Syllabus and Discussions pages, the Save button may appear as “Update Syllabus” or “Post Reply”.

Your "advanced equations" PDF linked at the top starts off with a section called "Formula Definition Operations" with a note that "The following operations are allowed within the advanced view to create your equations". These are not valid LaTeX and are not recognized by the Math Editor, but are used in creating formula questions. They cannot be used within advanced view to create equations.

The guides on creating formula questions How do I create a Formula quiz question with a single variable? and How do I create a Formula quiz question with a single variable? direct people to the math editor lesson (this page) for help with formulas from the Rich Content Editor. That is for people who are looking for how to include formatted mathematical content in their RCE content.

People who want to use functions for creating formula questions could benefit from the list in the "advanced equations" PDF, but it has nothing to do with advanced equations. In other words, the table of "Formula Definition Operations" is good to have, but it belongs in a separate document and linked to the correct items. If it remains a PDF document (it's rather short by itself), then it should be linked to two pages above. However, it does not belong where it is as it has nothing to do with displaying content with the Math Editor -- the only thing they have in common is the word "formula".