# What is the MathJax coding system that Socratic Uses?

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Specifically, such as Latex although I don't believe Socratic uses it. Perhaps it is a simplified version?

Specifically, such as Latex although I don't believe Socratic uses it. Perhaps it is a simplified version?

##### 1 Answer

Apr 10, 2018

AsciiMath.

#### Explanation:

Socratic uses AsciiMath to allow contributors to write math symbols and equations by using a much simpler and more intuitive syntax than LaTeX, which is why the team went with AsciiMath instead of LaTeX.

Chris explained why they went with AsciiMath instead of LaTeX in **this blog post**. You can read more about AsciiMath **here**.

Keep in mind that you *can* use LaTeX syntax to write math on Socratic, although as far as I know, some of the more complex functions are not supported.

For example:

without hashtagsV = \frac{4\pi r^3 }{3}

with hashtags

#V = \frac{4\pi r^3 }{3}#