How should I format math equations in my paper?

Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.

For guidance on formatting mathematical expressions, we defer to our colleagues at The Chicago Manual of Style (“Mathematics”). For guidance on citing mathematical theories, see our post.

Work Cited

“Mathematics in Type.” The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., sec. 12, U of Chicago P, 2017,