# Math – Formulas

## Entering a Formula in Math

In Math, we can enter formulas to create equations which can be mathematical or chemical in nature. There are three ways in which a formula can be entered in Math.

- Selecting a symbol from the ‘Elements’ window.
- Right-clicking on the equation editor and selecting the symbol from the context menu.
- Typing markup in the equation editor.

The equation editor uses a markup language to represent formulas. For example, ‘%beta’ creates the Greek character beta (β). This markup has been designed to read similar to English whenever possible. This makes learning and using the Math Markup pretty simple.

The context menu and the Elements window insert the markup corresponding to a symbol. This provides a convenient way to learn the LibreOffice Math markup.

To understand the different methods of entering a formula in Math, we will take an example, say ‘7 x 8’. So here we will try and insert ‘7 x 8’ using the three different methods. This will help us in understanding the three methods in a simple manner.