[OS X TeX] Aligned equations (OT)
Themis Matsoukas
matsoukas at engr.psu.edu
Thu Jan 8 09:50:28 EST 2009
Following advice from this list I started using the align environment
instead of eqnarray. Even so, a problem I have encountered is that
pages with many aligned equations are often typeset with enormous
blank spaces, since latex does not break aligned equations (this
happens with eqnarray, too). By replacing a block of aligned equations
with individual equations this ugliness goes away. Hence a question of
style:
When is it stylistically (im)proper to align equations? I have always
aligned whenever I had a bunch of equations with no text between them,
for example:
... we define the following variables:
%
\begin{align}
M_* &= \mbox{characteristic mass}
R_* &= \left(\frac{3 M_*}{4\pi \rho}\right)^{1/3}
V_* &= \left(\frac{8 k_B T}{ \pi M_*}\right)^{1/2}
D_* &= \frac{k_B T}{6\pi\mu R_*}
\end{align}
%
...etc etc
but is this a valid rule?
Thanks
Themis Matsoukas
matsoukas at engr.psu.edu
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