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.