# Canvas Equation Editor

Wondering how you are going to get those greek letters, complicated formulas or equations into your homework, reports or add them to a post in Canvas?

## Canvas Equation Editor

When you are asked to enter narrative into Canvas, whether this is a reply to a discussion or annoucement post, or a question on an assessment, you can use the Equation Editor to add symbols, equations or formulas to your post. The Equation Editor has two modes, Basic and Advanced.

**BASIC MODE **- allows you to select from a wide range of 'pieces of formulas' to put together the formula you want to represent. The following screencast walks you through the development and insertion of the formula for a sample standard deviation using the Basic mode.

**ADVANCED MODE **- when the options in Canvas's Basic mode do not include the mathematical symbol(s) that you need, you can use LaTeX coding to get your equation to look the way you want it to. LaTeX coding is a mark up language for equations and formulas that is commonly used in statistical, mathematical and other science fields. If you are considering a degree in one of these areas, becoming familiar with LaTeX is a valuable use of your time! The following screencast walks you through the development and insertion of the same formula above for a sample standard deviation this time using the Advanced mode.

If you want to learn more about LaTeX coding, or find how to represent the symbol or function that you need the following resources might come in handy:

- CodeCogs Online LaTeX Equation Editor
- Wikipedia:LaTeX symbols
- Search for 'learning LaTeX coding' and you will find numerous free tutorials