I am using LaTeX with Emacs for the first time. I am getting the following error message:

! Missing $ inserted

This is the code I put in:

$$Q(t) = Pi a^2 \sqrt{2gh}$$


What am I doing wrong?


2 Answers 2


As far as I understand, you would like to achieve something like the following:

Q(t) = \Pi a^2 \sqrt{2gh}

I replaced the $$ in your code with \[ and \] respectively. Please see e.g. this thread for some detailed explanations on why the use of \[ and \] is preferable to $$ in LaTeX.

  • However, I do agree with @jjlin that tex.stackexchange.com would be a better place for your question.
    – user49897
    Mar 3, 2016 at 8:20

It's only a single '$' at each side. Although if you're trying to center the equation anyway, your best bet would be to use

Q(t) = \Pi a^2 \sqrt{2gh}

This will center it on its own line, and the * simply says not to number the equation.

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