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OpenOffice 3.x Getting Started Guide
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## How do I make a derivative?

Making derivatives essentially comes down to one trick: Tell OOo it's a fraction.

In other words, you have to use the “over" command. Combine this with either the letter “d" (for a total derivative) or the “partial" command (for a partial derivative) to achieve the effect of a derivative.

MarkupResult
{df} over {dx}$\frac{df}{dx}$
{partial f} over {partial y}$\frac{\partial f}{\partial y}$
{partial^2 f} over {partial t^2}$\frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial t^2}$
 Notice that we had to use squiggly brackets to make the derivative.

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