# How can I put inline spaces in my explanations here on Socratic?

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Steve M Share
Jan 29, 2018

You can use a "\" character within AsciiMath to create a single space. And the ">" to perform an indent:

For example

hashtag 3cm hashtag becomes $3 c m$

And we can introduce a space using "\"

hashtag 3 \ cm hashtag becomes $3 \setminus c m$

I often use this with integrals as the maths can sometimes appear a little squeezed, for example, the default formatting is

hashtag I = 1/2int_a^b y dx hashtag
$I = \frac{1}{2} {\int}_{a}^{b} y \mathrm{dx}$

But I prefer the spacing as follows:

hashtag I = 1/2 \ int_a^b \ y \ dx hashtag
$I = \frac{1}{2} \setminus {\int}_{a}^{b} \setminus y \setminus \mathrm{dx}$

It's a subtle change :)

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Tony B Share
Jan 30, 2018

https://socratic.org/help/symbols

When I first started using Socratic (mathematics) you could use

hash " " then some maths hash

Suddenly it was decided that these spaces would be stripped off. Consequently I had ( and probably still do have ) some historic solutions where the formatting (spaces) has been 'disturbed'.

Now I use symbols that have the colour white. They can not be seen against a white background. Having said this sometimes you can get away with spaces but only if in the middle of a string.

Example 1:

hash "This is a set of spaces" hash $\to \text{This is a set of spaces}$

Example 2:

hash 2x xx3 hash $\to 2 x \times 3$

Example 4:

hash " " 2x xx3 hash giving$\leftarrow \text{ 9 spaces reduced to 1 in the text}$

$\text{ " 2x xx3 larr" thats odd! I was expecting it to fail as well}$

Perhaps they allow them again in this particular structure. However the colour white is guaranteed to work

$\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{Example using white spacing }}$

hash color(white)("some letters to spaces out") hash
It does not matter which letters you use. I tend to use a combination of the letter d and the full stop. The full stop is not as wide a spacing as a letter.

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$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{ddddd") a color(white)("dd") b color(white)("dd}} c$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{ddddd") d color(white)("dd") e color(white)("dd}} f$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{ddddd") g color(white)("dd") h color(white)("dd}} i$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{ddddd") j color(white)("dd") k color(white)("dd}} l$

If you wish to build a matrix

$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\mathrm{dd} \mathrm{dd} d} \left(\begin{matrix}a & b & c \\ d & e & f \\ g & h & i \\ j & k & l\end{matrix}\right)$

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SCooke Share
Jan 28, 2018

For spacing within a line - to separate or align numbers for example, you can just use quotes " " with any number of spaces.

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For example:
Unformated numbers are too close to text:
$5 g r a m s$
Formatted with extra space:
$5 \text{ } g r a m s$

This is good for aligning columns of numbers:
$0.35$
$1.35$
$13.5$
Formatted:
$\text{ } 0.35$
$\text{ } 1.35$
$\text{ } 13.5$

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A08 Share
Jan 28, 2018

There are many ways to put inline spaces in my explanations here on Socratic. One is with the help of > putting at the beginning of line. As below:

How can I put inline spaces in my explanations here on Socratic

How can I put inline spaces in my explanations here on Socratic

How can I put inline spaces in my explanations here on Socratic

Other is to use hashtags
As shown below by writing "$\text{color (white)W}$" within hashtags
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{W}$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{W}$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{W}$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{W}$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{W}$
How can I put inline spaces in my explanations here on Socratic

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