# [OS X TeX] Missing $inserted in a "variations" environment Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com Sun Mar 15 15:22:43 CET 2009 On Mar 15, 2009, at 9:09 AM, <ewan.Delanoy at math.unicaen.fr> wrote: > Hello all, > > > I've just encountered the following problem with TeXShop : > > 1) Compilation stops with the error message "Missing$ inserted".
>  2) If I insist and press "Enter" twice in the console, it eventually
> compiles completely
> and produces a fine output.
>  3) By trial and error, I see that what causes this behaviour is a
> "variations" array
> (from the variations package) in the middle of my text.
>  3) The line number displayed in the error message, l.259, is not very
> illuminating
> because the source text is as follows
>
> \noindent \makebox[\textwidth][c]{
> \begin{variations}
>   x  & \mI  &   & \alpha& & & 1 & & \beta&  & & 2 & & \pI & \\
>   \filet
> f'(x) & \bg & + & \bb&  & + & \z & -& \bb & & - &\z& + & &\bd \\
> \filet
>  \m{f(x)} & \bg \mI &  \c \h{\pI} & \bb& \mI & \c & \h{-1} & \d \mI
> & \bb
> & \h{\pI}& \d &\frac{3}{2}& \c
>  & \h{\pI} & \bd \\
> \end{variations}
> }<- Line 259 is here
>
> Can anyone help me on this ?
>
>                                                   TIA,

Howdy,

Since you don't give a complete, compilable example I can't say for
sure but when I see things like \alpha and \beta I know that they need
to be in math mode. The documentation places the variations
environment as displayed equations; i.e,  between $$and$$ (I'd use \
[ and \]) so I believe I'm correct.

By the way, why are you placing the equation'' in a box?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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