How To Add Notion Math Equations (2 Ways)

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I’m sure most people would agree that after high school no one wants to see numbers and letters mixed together in an excruciatingly painful equation. However, for those rare algebra lovers out there, Notion math equations are here for you.

What We Will Cover

Can You Use Notion For Math?

Yes, you can totally use Notion for math. Experienced users will know that the Notion editor allows users to use KaTeX (1) to write math equations

Most equations in the KaTex library are available in Notion, but I should add that there are some that remain unsupported.

Even though I’m no mathematician, if there ever was a day I should start, Notion will provide me with the space to write equations and formulas easily. 

Wait a sec, what is KaTex?

KaTex (1) is a JavaScript library that provides codes to create mathematical equations in other browsers.

Created by Khan Academy, this trending project is the child of LaTex, which is a larger library with notation, symbols, and equations. 

When creating KaTex equations, Notion will render these codes as visual elements. For example: \sqrt will create the square root symbol.  

How To Add Math Equations In Notion

Notion makes creating layouts and design features a simple task. Adding Notion math equations is no different.

I’ll show you 2 different ways to start creating math equations that exemplifies what has already been discussed. 

1. Notion Inline Equations

There are a few ways to bring up an inline equation in Notion. 

If you already have a formula (see below), highlight the equation to bring up the styling bar. Clicking on the ‘square root symbol’ will turn the formula into an inline equation.

Converting To Inline Equation

For the next method, start by typing in “/math” and hitting enter or use Ctrl + Shift + E for windows or Cmd + Shift + E for mac.

A small window like the one in the image below will pop up. 

Inline Equation Block

Type the equation within your text and the output will be as demonstrated below. 

Inline Equations

2. Notion Block Equation

Use block equations to create separate and distinct elements from the body of your text. Unlike inline equations, Notion block equations will not sit within a sentence. 

Math Block Equation

Let’s start with an example where you have an existing formula. Bring up the styling bar by highlighting the equation but click on the ‘Text’ dropdown this time.

Converting To Math Block

Next, select ‘Block Equation’ from the dropdown. Clicking on this option will convert your existing formula to a math block.

Choose Block Equation

The second method is to type in “/equations”. Make sure to pluralize “equation” before you hit enter or you will get an inline equation. 

Select Block Equation

You can enter your equation in the box that pops up.

Add Equation

Notion Math Equations Shortcut

Learning how to use Notion shortcuts is important to write equations.

One way is to start and end your equation with “$$”, for example: $$6+9=15$$. Notion will auto-convert your equation.

An even easier solution would be to use Ctrl + Shift + E for windows or Cmd + Shift + E for mac.

Entering Notion Math Symbols & Equations Using KaTex

You’ve mastered creating both inline and block equations. Congrats!

Now comes the hard part; entering the formulas into the blocks. To accomplish this, you will need more symbols than what is found on your keyboard.

This where the KaTeX library of equations comes in handy. Here are some common KaTeX codes so you can start building formulas:

1. Fractions & Multiplication

  • Use the code – “\frac{ }{ }” to create a fraction.
  • Use – “\times” to create a multiplication symbol.

Note that when adding numbers to a symbol like fractions or square roots the numbers must sit between curly brackets “{ }”. Multiplications are the exception to this rule

KaTex Fraction & Multiplication

2. Square Root

  • Use – “\sqrt { }” to create the symbol for square root. 

Add the curly brackets “{ }” after the code to place the letters or numbers that will sit under the square root symbol. 

KaTex Squareroot

3. Superscript & Subscript

  • Use a caret “^” to create a superscript
  • Use an underscore “_” to create a subscript. 

After the caret or underscore, add the number or letter you want to become superscript or subscript to be.  

KaTex Superscript Subscript

4. Brackets

If your equations require round or square brackets, the brackets must sit on the outside of the equation code. 

Notion will display the equation in brackets as shown in the image below.

KaTex Brackets

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More Resources

These are just a few of the many codes available to use to write math in Notion. If you need a more extensive list of equations, check out the full KaTeX library.


Notion math equations may be a bit difficult to master in the beginning, but after you get the hang of it, it can be a fun exercise.

To create formulas, always reference the KaTeX library to find the exact equation you need.

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