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— title: Why not use `eqnarray`? category: usage permalink: /FAQ-eqnarray —

The environment `eqnarray` is attractive for the occasional user of mathematics in LaTeX documents: it seems to allow aligned systems of equations. Indeed it _does_ supply such things, but it makes a serious mess of spacing. In the system: ```latex

  a & = & b + c \\
  x & = & y - z

``` the spacing around the “=” signs is _not_ that defined in the metrics for the font from which the glyph comes — it's `\arraycolsep`, which may be set to some very odd value for reasons associated with real arrays elsewhere in the document.

The user is far better served by the [`amsmath`](https://ctan.org/pkg/amsmath) package, which provides an `align` environment, which is designed with the needs of mathematicians in mind (as opposed to the convenience of LaTeX programmers). For this simple case (`align` and other [`amsmath`](https://ctan.org/pkg/amsmath) alignment environments are capable of far greater things), code as: ```latex \begin{align}

a & = b + c \\
x & = y - z

\end{align} ``` The matter is discussed in more detail in a [PracTeX journal paper](https://tug.org/pracjourn/2006-4/madsen/madsen.pdf) by Lars Madsen; Stefan Kottwitz offers a [TeX blog entry](http://texblog.net/latex-archive/maths/eqnarray-align-environment/) which includes screen shots of the output, convincingly demonstrating the problem.

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