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, 3 Oct 2011 CPOL
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Use Google APIs to create Graphical Formulas

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Recently I wrote an article and it used some formula, and had the formula shown in text format which ends up with the likes of the following;
α = 2Atan( H1 / ( √(((2H1D)/2)-H12)))
I am sure you would agree that it doesn't look very pretty. I wanted to turn this into something more presentable.
In the end, I came across Google Chart Tools / Image Tools here[^], which use the TeX notation for building graphical representations on formula.
A little more hunting and I found a useful cheat sheet for TeX Notation here[^]
Putting things together, you can then save the outputed image for your local use. Here is the example from the above in text linked directly to the Google API:

The API construct for this is:
For more information, click here[^] to take you to this API page with this example already loaded.


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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Cool :-) Pinmemberraja_krish8-Jun-11 6:05 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Very useful. PinmemberLokanta_brahmachari25-Jan-11 4:30 
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GeneralRe: I recently started poking around, sur... PinmentorDaveAuld23-Jan-11 19:12 

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