# Typing math/scientific notation?

Hi all,

I'm trying to type up a tma (tutor marked assignment) for my maths course, I'm wondering how im supposed to type in scientic/math notations?

such as squared and pi??

is there a way? am i just thick? :roll:

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I'm trying to type up a tma (tutor marked assignment) for my maths course, I'm wondering how im supposed to type in scientic/math notations?

such as squared and pi??

is there a way? am i just thick? :roll:

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If you're using word - the squared can be done by using superscript font. Pi can be inserted as a symbol....(insert menu, then choose symbol, then pick the one you want)

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im using open office, i dont have word, but i'll see if i can find similar, thank you :thumbsup:

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yes :-D

Start,Programs,Accessories,System Tools,Character Map.Has a nice wide range of symbols you can copy and paste from

Square root = √

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Gari, im enjoying it so far! just an openings atm, but i did ok on my first tma so im chuffed at that

edit: boydent, i have to spread it before giving you more will do tho

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who knows how i expect to pass :oops:

Just googled: open office superscript

and got this ]PDF file

You need adobe to open it, hopefully you have that

Having looked at it, it makes no sense to me though

Edit: There is a full on manual

]hereand what you need is on page 84 (of 442, gulp). I can't copy n paste cos it's a pdf sorryEdit: Type m then ctrl+shift+p the 2.

This will make m with the 2 superscripted.

Press ctrl+shift+p to turn off superscript and type as normal

Seems ctrl+shift+p makes your text superscript

but in word

open your document

click insert

click object

scroll down to microsoft equation 3.0

click ok

then you have a box open that you have lots off different buttons for sub scripts, square roots, brackets, dividing lines etc etc EVERYTHING you will ever need for a maths document

im doing an engineering course at college at the mo and this little gem is worth its weight in gold as i dont have to handwrite all the things.

Also, ask your tutor at the next tutorial how to do it - they will know all of the easiest ways to get all of the mathematical and scientific symbols that you'll need for the whole course. Save you a lot of bother next time ....

HTH

Melissa

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edit: melissa thank you i will ask my tutor

and the tma for this course have to be sent on paper but im looking to get word for future courses

Did they not give you the Mathcad software? I used to type my TMA's in a Mathcad doc and print from there.

You could always use the old fashioned method for squared '^2' i.e. to the power of 2.

I have done the majority of the OU Maths courses now, just a few Level 3 courses left and then I'm done, but with lots of children its become impossible to do any. I have 270 points up to now though and got a diploma )Dip Math) from the OU.

Which courses are you doing? (MU120, MST121 MS221?)

I love maths me :-D :-D Good luck

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just an opening course atm Y162 starting with maths, along side a management opening, a finance starting next month then business studies in may :? what have i started lol, no software was given, maybe its cos its just an opening course?

nb, using ^2 etc is very much frowned on by some ... some tutors can get quite snotty about this incorrect presentation. Whilst this might sounds pedantic, when equations are very long and involve multiple powers, all of these ^2s, ^-3s etc get rather difficult to read on the page.

Don't forget, if you're printing stuff out, you can always hand-write your answers. In fact, I'd recommend it. It takes FAR less time, and as long as your writing is legible, you'd get the same marks.

Good luck with your studies - you can PM me if you need any 'OUisms' explaining.

Melissa

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it doesnt seem to be working for me :thinking:

think i'll try in the morning as i first thought lol

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Little different for OpenOffice, so try this:

Update open office to the latest version

Go to insert special character

Times New Roman (mathematical Operators)

Select the character you want

Then when you are finished, select export as pdf, or print it, or both, and always keep a copy

No need for Adobe acrobat, as there are free open source versions available for both viewing & editing.

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Glad i was of some help, hope you get a really good mark

Get a proof of posting certificate (free) when you post it - as long as you post it the day before the cut-off by first class post, and get a POP, you'll be fine every time :-)

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melissa, i understand that,i have plenty of time its just worrying with the strikes etc that they will arrive at all lol

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thank you :-D

i'll let you all know :thumbsup: