#### Tadams052012

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P-1/2q=b(q-1/2p)

That b on one side is giving me no end of trouble, isolating the p values is proving nightmarish.q−

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P-1/2q=b(q-1/2p)

That b on one side is giving me no end of trouble, isolating the p values is proving nightmarish.q−

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Firstly, it is a little hard to read. Is it: \(\displaystyle p-\frac{1}{2q} = b(q-\frac{1}{2p})\) ?

P-1/2q=b(q-1/2p)

That b on one side is giving me no end of trouble, isolating the p values is proving nightmarish.q−Many thanks,1

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I've just cracked it, so no one need waste their time trying to either decipher my post or showing me how to solve the equation. How is it that you manage to type these equations so that they appear in such clear algebraic form? I'm not sure my keyboard has the capabilities?

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Use LaTex. There is a thread on this site somewhere on the basics. Doesn't depend on your keyboard capabilities.

I've just cracked it, so no one need waste their time trying to either decipher my post or showing me how to solve the equation. How is it that you manage to type these equations so that they appear in such clear algebraic form? I'm not sure my keyboard has the capabilities?

For the above, put

p-\frac{1}{2q} = b(q-\frac{1}{2p})

in between**tex **and **/tex** , both in square brackets [ and ]. No bold.

EDIT: Actually it's on the Math Help Forum site.

in between

EDIT: Actually it's on the Math Help Forum site.

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Although LaTeX isn't terribly hard, all you were really lacking is care in using parentheses. Some expressions are ambiguous, or at least awkward to read, without them. Where you wrote p-1/2q=b(q-1/2p), you need either p - (1/2)q = b(q - (1/2)p) or p - 1/(2q) = b(q - 1/(2p)), or possibly (p - 1)/(2q) = b((q - 1)/(2p)). I find that spaces also help readability.

I've just cracked it, so no one need waste their time trying to either decipher my post or showing me how to solve the equation. How is it that you manage to type these equations so that they appear in such clear algebraic form? I'm not sure my keyboard has the capabilities?

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Whereas I'm fond of MHF for obvious reasons once you get a handle on how to use the tex brackets you might find this site to be of great help in learning LaTeX as it's interactive and you don't have to make posts on a Forum to see what you are doing.EDIT: Actually it's on the Math Help Forum site.

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Thanks!Whereas I'm fond of MHF for obvious reasons once you get a handle on how to use the tex brackets you might find this site to be of great help in learning LaTeX as it's interactive and you don't have to make posts on a Forum to see what you are doing.

-Dan