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Canvas Equation Editor Tips: Basic View

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Canvas Equation Editor Tips: Basic View

This document covers the expressions, symbols, operations, number sets, and Greek letters used in the Basic View of the Canvas Equation Editor.

With the Basic View of the Canvas Equation Editor, you can input expressions, symbols, operations, and other mathematical items in the Rich Content Editor. In addition to the Equation Editor, equations can be added manually in any Canvas area that includes a text field, such as the title of an assignment or in a calendar event.

Expressions, Symbols, and Operations

x2.png x ^ 2 cap.png \cap f_circg.png f \circ g
x_2.png x_2 le.png \le infty.png \infty
sqrt.png /sqrt ge.png \ge angleC.png \angle C
nthroot.png \nthroot in.png \in  partial.png \partial
3_5.png 3/5 notin.png \notin rightarrow.png \rightarrow
primep.png y\prime _subset.png \subset image5.png \lim_x\rightarrow a
prime.png y\prime\prime notsubset.png \notsubset vert.png \vert (or | key on keyboard)
pm.png \pm subsetq.png \subseteq _cup.png \cup
3_9.png 3*9 or 3 \cdot 9 varnothing.png \varnothing parallel.png \parallel
3x9.png 3 \times 9 approx.png \approx sum.png \sum
9_3.png 9 \div 3 ne.png \ne perp.png \perp
therefore.png \therefore ell.png \ell int.png \int


Number Sets and Greek Letters (not the same slash as in HTML)

image10.png \alpha lamda.png \lamda phi.png \phi
beta.png \beta mu.png \mu omega.png \omega
gamma.png \gamma nu.png \nu N.png \N
delta1.png \delta pi.png \pi R.png \R
Delta.png \Delta rho.png \rho image2.png \Z
epsilon.png \epsilon sigma.png \sigma C.png \C
theta.png \theta tau.png \tau Q.png \Q

Equation Formatting

When equations are added from the Equation Editor in the Rich Content Editor, the editor supports inline or block formatting delimiters to identify equations.

Inline Formatting

Placing an equation inside a \(...\) delimiter indicates the equation should be in an inline format. Generally, equations entered with text should be formatted inline.

Example:  \(area = \int_{a}^b f(x)dx\)

Block Formatting

Placing an equation inside a $$...$$ delimiter indicates the equation should be in a block format.

Example: $$y = mx + b$$

Rich Content Editor

When saved, the Rich Content Editor displays the equations in the editor window as inline formatted text [1] or block formatted text [2].

Rich Content Editor DisplayRich Content Editor Display


To see more code tips for Canvas, click in the equation box to make sure it is active, then hover over the symbol you are using to see the hard code for it. More tips can be found in the Advanced View Tips resource document.


Last update: 2021-02-20

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