How to represent underbracket and overbracket in LaTeX?

You will face various problems with overbracket and underbracket. Because there is no default command in LaTeX to represent both expressions.

LaTeX has two commands, \underbracket and \overbracket, for the solution of this problem. And by looking at the usage of both packages you can understand which is the best practice for representing both expressions.

Use stix package for underbracket and overbracket

The same commands as overbrace and underbrace are defined in the stix package. Just bracket instead of a brace.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{stix}
\begin{document}
  $$ List = \left[a_1,\overbracket{a_2,a_3,\dots,a_{n-1} ,a_n}^{(n-1)\,numbers}\right] $$
  $$ S_n = \underbracket{a_1+a_2+\cdots+a_i}_{i^{th}\,numbers}+\underbracket{a_{i+1}+\cdots+a_n}_{(n-i)^{th}\,numbers} $$
  $$ \overbracket{a+b+c}^{S_1}+\underbracket{d+e+f}_{S_2} $$
  $$ x^{(n)}=\overbracket{x(x+1)(x+2)\cdots (x+n+1)}^{n\,factor} $$
\end{document}

Output :

Use stix package for underbracket and overbracket symbol.

An expression is often observed where multiple underbrackets or overbrackets are vertically consecutive. In this case, the command must be passed between the command arguments to define the expression. Of course, having a look at the latex code will make it easier to understand.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{stix}
\begin{document}
  $$ z=\overbracket{\underbracket{(a_1+a_2+\cdots+a_j)}_{real}+\underbracket{i(a_{(j+1)}+a_{(j+2)}+\cdots+a_n)}_{imaginary}}^{Complex\;Number} $$
  $$ \overbracket{a_1+\overbracket{\underbracket{a_2+\underbracket{a_3+\cdots+a_{(n-2)}}+a_{(n-1)} }}+a_n} $$
  $$ \overbracket{\underbracket{a_1+a_2+a_3+\cdots+a_{(n-1)}}_{Sum\;of\; (n-1)\;numbers}+a_n}^{Sum\;of\;n\;numbers } $$
\end{document}

Output :

Use multiple underbrackets or overbrackets are vertically consecutive.

Use mathtools package for extensible size of this symbol

Brackets are extensible in the mathtools package. So, you can change the thickness and height manually. As a result, you can give a more beautiful look to the expression.

Extensible size of this symbol

The same command exists within this package. But, if you want to change the thickness and height then you need to pass two optional arguments as values ​​with the command.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\begin{document}
  $$ \underbracket[1.3pt]{a+b+c}_{1.3pt}+\overbracket[2.6pt]{d+c+f}^{2.6pt} $$
  $$ \overbracket[1pt][4pt]{\underbracket[2pt][5pt]{AB,BC}_{(2pt,5pt)},\underbracket[3pt][7pt]{CD,EF}_{(3pt,7pt)},\underbracket[4pt][10pt]{BA,DC}_{(4pt,10pt)}}^{(1pt,4pt)} $$
\end{document}

Output :

Command syntax for mathtools package.

If you pass only one optional argument, the thickness of the symbol will change.

Use a combination of braces and bracket

Not only are multiple brackets used simultaneously, but braces are also used in many cases. Combination of braces and brackets can be used in the same process.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\begin{document}
   $$ \underbracket[1.3pt]{a+b+c}_{1.3pt}+\overbracket[2.6pt]{d+c+f}^{2.6pt} $$
   $$ \overbracket[1pt][4pt]{\underbracket[2pt][5pt]{AB,BC}_{(2pt,5pt)},\underbracket[3pt][7pt]{CD,EF}_{(3pt,7pt)},\underbracket[4pt][10pt]{BA,DC}_{(4pt,10pt)}}^{(1pt,4pt)} $$
\end{document}

Output :

Combination of braces and bracket.

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