How to insert an equation with fractions, square roots and exponents

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This tip display how to insert an equation for example, the normal, or Gaussian distribution.

How to add an equation in your document, see Working with Microsoft Equation.

To insert, for example, the normal distribution, or Gaussian distribution, do the following:

   1.   In the Equation Editor enter f(x)= and then select Full-size vertical fraction in the Fraction and radical templates group on the Equation toolbar:

Full-size vertical fraction in Word 2003

   2.   Enter 1 in the top of this template and in the bottom choose Square root in the Fraction and radical templates group on the Equation toolbar (to move the cursor around in an equation by using the keystrokes, see Keystrokes for Moving the Cursor within an Equation):

Square root in Word 2003

   3.   Enter 2 and then choose  greek characters  in the Greek characters (lowercase) group on the Equation toolbar:

Greek characters in Word 2003

   4.   Select Superscript in the Subscript and superscript templates group on the Equation toolbar:

Superscript in Word 2003

Enter 2 in the Superscript field.

   5.   In the left of your formula enter e, choose Superscript and then enter "-" and choose again Full-size vertical fraction and Superscript to finish your equation:

normal or Gaussian distribution in Word 2003

How to adjust spacing and alignment in an equation, see Adjusting spacing and alignment in an equation.

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