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I want to ask a question on Web Applications about the usage of mathematical formulas with WolframAlpha.

Certain Stack Exchange sites include support for MathJax/LaTex formatting, which allows for precise formatting of mathematical formulas. (So for example, on Mathematics the formula $x^2$ will render as x^2)

Since it seems universal support for MathJax/LaTeX isn't coming anytime soon, I'm looking for an alternative way to render mathematical formulas like $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{2^n}=1$$ on communities which don't have native math rendering.

How can I display mathematical formulas on Stack Exchange sites that don't support MathJax/LaTeX?

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    You can get help from those LaTeX-rendering sites. You know, the ones that render stuff like an image to insert wherever you want. Other than that, Unicode can help but in a limited and sometimes ugly way. – Marshmallow Jul 18 '17 at 15:02
  • I'm looking for an alternative way to render mathematical formulas on communities which don't have native math rendering. can you tell me the purpose of doing this? – Optimus Prime Jul 18 '17 at 15:34
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    @SagarV So I can render mathematical formulas in questions where they are relevant, such as Does Wolfram|Alpha support Knuth's up-arrow notation?. (Thanks to M.A.R.'s suggestion, I discovered the workaround of rendering LaTex as image using an external site, then embedding the image in my post) – Steven M. Vascellaro Jul 18 '17 at 15:38
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Thanks to @M.A.R, I was able to find a satisfactory workaround.

Render the equation as a PNG using a LaTeX rendering site like QuickLaTeX or TeXRendr. You can then reupload and embed that image on any Stack Exchange site.

sum_(n=1)^∞ 1/2^n = 1

You can even use simple equations like n=2^k + 1 as part of a sentence using inline images.

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