Typesetting a formula
August 31, 2006 4:21 PM Subscribe
Where can I find typographic conventions for algebra? Specifically...
posted by chef_boyardee to Science & Nature (6 answers total)
Here are two questions:
(1) Say just hypothetically that the number of people now (n) at 0 hours is the sum of the number of people (n) 12 hours ago and twice the number of people 24 hours ago. From what I can tell, I typeset the formula like this:
n = n12 + 2n24
As you can see, the 2 multiplier is nonitalicized, I italicized n, but left the subscripts nonitalicized. A book I have has them that way. Is that right?
(2) How do you handle a special category of number, for instance, the number of people (n) in the bathroom (b), say nb. Would the number of people in the bathroom 24 hours ago be nb24? Or should I invent a different variable, such as b?