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How to present/layout your mathematic answers

How do you present answers to wordy maths questions that involve a lot of prose.  

Do you include the text in your answers or reference them in some way?  What are the rules for laying out your working out/answers? What is the proper usage of maths symbols such as, implication, therefore and because etc.
 
Writing mathematical expressions and mixing words/sentences seems incorrect - and I feel I should be able to show the workings without having to be mix it up and be so verbose.

I know Mathematicians don't approve if workings are not presented correctly. I just don't know the rules and would like this info or a link to it.
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
On here I try to reply in a way that can be understood by the asker. Putting a bunch of correct mathematical symbols may not help unless they are asking for the correct use of a symbol. If it's a code answer then a piece of code that will copy and paste and run should be the answer, nicely formed greek letters won't help there.
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Paul SauvéCommented:
You can use text to explain the logic you used to solve the problem. Often, a weeitten math problem is a bit more complex than "What is the answer to this equation?".

First solve the problem. Then write a brief ecplaination of each step you followed to arrive at the result. After the text description of each step, show the math you used to solve that step.

In fact, if you show the logic of solving the problem (step by step) you may not even need to write any taxt!
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dhsindy SparrowRetired considering supplemental income.Commented:
There is nothing like good examples to review.  Here is a webpage from the Stanford Math Tournament.  Look part way down the page for a solutions link, this should help:

http://sumo.stanford.edu/smt/
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
One thing to watch out for is possible homework questions. If you give a fully symbolically exact answer then it can be copied straight out without being understood. We are supposed to be helping people understand things on here.
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aburrCommented:
"How do you present answers to wordy maths questions that involve a lot of prose"

You do it by
"Writing mathematical expressions and mixing words/sentences"
That is exactly right.
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CertifiedPAuthor Commented:
I require more detailed guidelines. For example, when is the use of implies invalid, how does one layout the answer when solving equations or presenting proofs. Does one put the words next to the calculations? How do you refer to something you've detailed previously? Is it necessary to write it out again, as drawing lines to previous calculation is a no no.  

If someone could provide examples, guidelines and rules that would be much appreciated.  I want to be able to solve problems and know that they are presented well.  I've found some guidelines but they are very sparse.
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Paul SauvéCommented:
There are NO hard and fast rules - I think it really depends on the professsor.

Do you have an example of a problem of this type that you could post?
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aburrCommented:
There are no hard and fast rules. If you are writing for publication in a journal use their style manual.
If for yourself, or students use what ever is clear.
Mathcad is a program that easily integrates words and math.
May people use Latex to write math pages.
Microsoft word has math symbols.

" How do you refer to something you've detailed previously? Is it necessary to write it out again,"
Equations are usually numbered so that you can refer back to any numbered equation.

For examples see any math or physics text book.
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CertifiedPAuthor Commented:
Answer given did not address the fundamental requirement.
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