# How do I write mathematical equations?

You can use either handwriting recognition or our maths toolbar to write maths equations.

**In this Article**

## Maths toolbar

The Maths input toolbar makes it easy to add operators to equations like exponents, square roots, fractions, Greek letters and more.

#### Writing equations

There are a few ways to write operators and operands:

- You can type numbers and algebraic variables (e.g.
`X`

) using your keyboard. - Click the down arrow to see different versions of operators. For example, cube or nth roots, along with their shortcut codes.
- Click anything on the toolbar to insert it into your equation, then type into the gaps.

#### Keyboard Shortcuts

The maths toolbar has a number of different keyboard shortcuts you can use to input different mathematical operators. You can type these instead of selecting them in the toolbar. For example, the `*`

key works in place of multiplication and the command `\sqrt`

works in place of a square root.

Symbol | Name | Shortcut |

() | Brackets | () |

+ | Plus | + |

- | Minus | - |

x | Multiplied by | * (Shift+8) |

= | Equals | = |

¼ | Fraction | (number) / (number) |

√ | Square Root | /sqrt |

x² | Squared | ^2 |

xⁿ | Exponent | ^ (Shift+6) |

xi | Subscript | _ (Shift+-) |

π | Pi | /pi |

You can hover your mouse over the operator to see it's shortcut code.

## Handwriting recognition

On touchscreen devices, you can use handwriting recognition. Write your equation on the grid and it will be automatically recognised and converted to text.

Click *Use handwriting *or *Use keyboard* to change between the two input modes.

If you're having trouble with writing mathematical equations, contact our Support Team at support@educationperfect.com, and someone will be able to help you out from there.