Besides being a priest I also teach math. When a student emails you with a math question, putting the answer in an email can be a daunting prospect. Often the quickest options for a single question is writing the answer out on paper, scanning it, saving it as a pdf, and sending it to the student. But what do you do if you want to do something more formal.

The answer in the past and still today LaTeX. It is a type setting program that is very math and science friendly. Using LaTeX involves creating the document then compiling it often as a pdf. This is a great solution for class handouts that you will print and give to students. However if you want to embed the information in a webpage LaTeX is not the best tool. It is a type setting program not an html editor.

I came across a program this weekend that fits the bill, MathJax. MathJax is a JavaScript display engine for Mathematics. The Mathjax website is https://www.mathjax.org MathJax supports many different formats including LaTeX. You simple add a link to the MathJax library in the header or body of your html document, and then enter your mathematical expression enclosed in the appropriate tags.

Example enter ```
<script type="text/javascript" async
src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/mathjax/2.7.5/latest.js?config=TeX-MML-AM_CHTML">
</script>
```

in the header or body of your html document.

Now if you want to display the quadratic Formula enter `\( {x = \frac{{ - b \pm \sqrt {b^2 - 4ac} }}{{2a}}} \)`

This entry is in LaTeX form because that is what I am familiar with. You may check the MathJax website for what formats are supported. For those who are familiar with LaTeX you may notice the enclosing tags are `\( and \) and not $ $`

even though the MaxJax website says it supports `$`

tags I could not get the equation to display properly unless I used `\( and \)`

as tags.

Another gotcha I found is if you are using a CMS that uses markdown. Which is the case with my website I had to enclose any line with a math formula in it with `<p> </p>`

HTML tags.

I find this an easy way to post information for students.

\( {x = \frac{{ - b \pm \sqrt {b^2 - 4ac} }}{{2a}}} \)