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DescriptionEquation editor


About MathType

MathType is an interactive equation editor for Windows and Macintosh that lets you create mathematical notation for word processing, web pages, desktop publishing, presentations, e-learning, and for TeX, LaTeX, and MathML documents.  

MathType includes ChemType, an extension for creating chemical notation.  

MathType will typeset handwritten equations. 


MathType is available in different formats:

  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Office
  • Moodle

Google Docs

Follow the instructions for installing and activating MathType for Google Docs.  This process involves installing the MathType add-on for for Google Docs.  Make sure to use your Swarthmore Google account.  

Microsoft Office

Download MathType 7 for Desktop

As of Fall 2020, MathType 7 is not compatible with macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and a fix is not planned until 2021.  A workaround is to use the Google Docs version. 

 Use the license information to complete the installation process .

More information on MathType with Microsoft Office


There are buttons for MathType and ChemType in every text editor in Moodle.  First click to expand the toolbar, then click on the MathType or ChemType icon to insert an equation.  

Example usage

  • Instructors can use MathType in quiz questions. 
  • Students can respond to quiz questions using MathType.  
  • Instructors can use MathType in Moodle pages or assignment descriptions