Scientific Workplace Features

Mathematical Notation

Natural Mathematical Notation

Until now, traditional typesetting and symbolic computation systems forced you to use an array of commands and a complex syntax to represent your input. Many of these systems have over 2,000 separate operators, such as int and diff, that you must learn in order to create input.

Scientific WorkPlace®, Scientific Word®, and Scientific Notebook® eliminate the need to learn complex syntax by using natural notation for input and to show results. With these products, you can enter mathematics easily with the mouse, or, as you gain confidence and familiarity, with keyboard shortcuts.

Here is how you enter the integral Integraldarstellung using the mouse or the keyboard in Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook:

Step Mouse Keyboard Result
1 Click Integralsymbol Ctrl + i Integralzeichen
2 Click Bruchsymbol Ctrl + f Bruchdarstellung
3 Type 'x',
click Potenzsymbol,
type '2'

Ctrl + ↑,

4 Click in the denominator box,
click Wurzelsymbol
Space (moves the insertion point out of the exponent),
Tab (moves the insertion point to the denominator),
Ctrl + r
5 Repeat step 3, click to the right Repeat steps 3 and 4 Integraldarstellung
6 Press space,
type '-9',
click to the far right
'-9' eintippen
7 Type 'dx' 2 times Space (moves the insertion point out of the radical, then the fraction),
type 'dx'

All the symbols in the main TEX fonts are available in Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook, which means you have everything you need to type mathematics. Also, if you know the TEX names for mathematical objects and symbols, you can use them (for example, holding down Ctrl while you type int enters an integral). You do not need to know TEX names to enter mathematics.