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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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# How do I make a derivative?

Making derivatives essentially comes down to one trick: Tell OOo itâ€™s a fraction.

In other words, you have to use the â€œoverâ€ command. Combine this with either the letter â€œdâ€ (for a total derivative) or the â€œpartialâ€ command (for a partial derivative) to achieve the effect of a derivative.

 Markup Result {df} over {dx} {partial f} over {partial y} {partial^2 f} over {partial t^2}

 Note Notice that we had to use squiggly brackets to make the derivative.
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