LaTeX fraction commands (frac, cfrac)

You can write fractions by the command \frac like $\frac{1}{3}$ or $\frac{\sqrt{5}}{3}$. These are alongside the text so numerators and denominators are relatively small. The following fractions are in display mode.

\[
\frac{1}{2}
\]

\[ \frac{1}{2} \]

Fit the left and right round brackets to fractions vertically

\[
3 (\frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{2}) = 3 \\~\\
3 \left( \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{2} \right) = 3
\]

\[ 3 (\frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{2}) = 3 \\~\\ 3 \left( \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{2} \right) = 3 \]

The round brackets are so small in the first equation. The left and right commands force the brackets to fit fractions vertically.

Fraction in fraction

\[
\cfrac{ \cfrac{3}{2} }{ \cfrac{1}{2} } = 3 \\~\\
\frac{ \frac{3}{2} }{ \frac{1}{2} } = 3
\]

\[ \cfrac{ \cfrac{3}{2} }{ \cfrac{1}{2} } = 3 \\~\\ \frac{ \frac{3}{2} }{ \frac{1}{2} } = 3 \]

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