# squares in latex

#### Alon Gonen

08 Sep, 2018 05:33 PM

When I write $x^2$, it is parsed correctly (I should write $x^{2}$ instead). Any way to avoid writing the brackets?

1. Support Staff Posted by Brett on 10 Sep, 2018 04:58 PM

I'm afraid I'm not all that familiar with LaTeX. I imagine that the
issue you're running into is in MultiMarkdown, which automatically
interprets ^2 as superscript and probably breaks your markup. You could
use MultiMarkdown's delimiters instead of \$, e.g. \$$and \$$, but I
can't guarantee a fix on that. Based on all of the examples provided by
Fletcher, curly brackets are used on all equations containing squares.

-Brett

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