# Math Editor in RCE

Canvas has an integrated tool for math and science formulas based on LaTeX, the industry standard for academic publication. The LaTeX Math Editor is built into the Rich Content Editor. Several features in Canvas support the Rich Content Editor, including Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, and Syllabus. Canvas also includes the option to create equations and expressions with its graphical point-and-click editor.

The Math Editor can be used for basic mathematical formatting for introductory math courses or for more advanced mathematical text for higher-level math courses. Both students and instructors have access to the editor.

For more help, download the following PDF files:

**Note: **To have characters #, $, %, &, ^, _, {, and } appear in the Rich Content Editor, when your equation is inserted, you must use Advanced View and type a backslash (\) before the character. The ~ character can be inserted through Advanced View by typing \~~. The $ character can be inserted through Basic View by typing \$$.

1. On the RCE, click the **Insert Math** **Equation** icon [1].

**Note: **To view the Insert Math Equation icon, you may need to click the **Options** icon.

You can also access the Math Editor from the Rich Content Editor menubar. Click the **Insert** link, then select the **Equation** option.

### Create Basic Math Equation

2. Use the Math Editor toolbar [1] to insert an equation in the equation field [2].

**Note**: You can click the **Switch View to Advanced **link to type or copy and paste in LaTeX [3]. In Advanced View, do not use

"\begin

Unknown macro: {equation}

\end"

to avoid receiving an error.

3. Click the **Insert Equation **button.

4. Add text around your equations in the Rich Content Editor.

5. Click the **Save** button to save any changes to the equation made in the Rich Content Editor.

**Notes:**

- The assignment, discussion, pages, and quizzes details pages display a
**Save & Publish**button. - The Syllabus page displays an
**Update Syllabus**button. - Discussion replies display a
**Post Reply**button.

View the mathematical formulas, chemical formulas, or equations you created. Equations are rendered using MathJax. To view the MathJax options menu, right click the equation.