General Math

The following general math notation can be entered in Show My Work boxes.

Note: In addition to the keyboard shortcuts listed in this topic, some symbols can be typed using the keyboard shortcuts for your operating system; for example, you can press ALT + 0247 on Windows to type ÷.
Notation Keyboard Button Notes
Decimal number 0123456789.
Fractions fractions button You cannot use the keyboard.
Mixed Numbers mixed numbers button You cannot use the keyboard.
Addition + Operators > +
Subtraction - Operators >
Multiplication Operators > × You cannot use the keyboard.
Division Operators > ÷ You cannot use the keyboard.
Plus or minus Operators > ±
Minus or plus Operators >
Parentheses ( parentheses button A closing parenthesis is automatically inserted.
Equal = Symbols > =
Greater than > Symbols > >
Greater than or equal to Symbols > You cannot use the keyboard.
Less than < Symbols > <
Less than or equal to Symbols > You cannot use the keyboard.
Approximately equal Symbols > You cannot use the keyboard.
Not equal Symbols > You cannot use the keyboard.
Absolute value | or abs( absolute value button
pi \pi pi button
Infinity infinity button You cannot use the keyboard.
Imaginary unit i Symbols > i
Factorial n! Functions > factorial button
hbar hbar button You cannot use the keyboard.