This post details how to create math functions in productivity software in iOS applications and the Mac.

“Equations” or mathematical expressions created in Apple’s software makes vector graphics files. Once they are created, they cannot be edited, but they can be copy and pasted into other applications, and even re-sized.

The expressions made in Microsoft Word stay within Word, however the tools in Word are also easier than learning LaTeX from scratch.

Either method below will work for inserting “equations” into a word processor; the Apple apps would be preferred if you want to move your equations into other applications.

## LaTeX and Apple iWork Apps

Our math teachers don’t always have an easy time when it comes to creating the true look and feel of math notation on a computer. There are two popular standards for creating math notation: LaTeX and MathML. The Apple suite of applications—including Keynote, Pages, and Numbers—supports both standards.

On Mac, go to **Insert > Equation… **to get a dialog box for inputting the formatting language to represent your mathematical expression. On iOS, go to Insert (+) media and choose Equation. Apple provides more instruction here.

Simple expressions work on their own:

The Euler example is pretty simple, too, just using a circumflex to create a power. We have to group things with curly brackets. The expression before being translated by LaTeX is: e^{πi+1}=0

While that seems easy enough, how do we get started with either of these formatting languages?

## Microsoft Word

In Word, LaTeX is supported as well, but there’s also Microsoft’s own tools as well for creating mathematical expressions.

- Go to the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
- Go to Equation.
- Toggle LaTeX or use Word’s own buttons to create your expression.

In Google, you can type the equation and then add any icons or symbols as needed.

- Go to the Insert tab.
- Go to Equation.
- Type the equation and choose any icons or symbols as needed.

## Schoology

In Schoology, you can type the equation in either LaTeX or in Schoology’s own form in any type of Material (Assignments, Test/Quiz, Assessment, or Discussions) that you need.

- Choose the Material type.
- Choose Insert Content.
- Choose either Equation or LaTeX
- Type the equation and choose any icons or symbols as needed.