# Using the Formulas Element

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In this topic, we will illustrate how to use the <formulas> sub-element to define an adjustable path for a shape.

You can place the <formulas> sub-element inside <shape> or <shapetype> to define formulas that can vary the path of a shape. Inside the <formulas> sub-element, one **f** sub-element defines one formula so that one value is evaluated based upon that formula. For example, the formula, `<v:f eqn="prod 10 4 5"/>`

defines a value that is equivalent to "10 x 4 / 5".

You can place many **f** sub-elements inside one <formulas> sub-element. Formulas can reference the values that are defined earlier in other formulas within the same <formulas> sub-element. The value that is defined in the first formula can be referred to as @0, the value that is defined in the second formula can be referred to as @1, and so on.

In addition, you can specify the **adj** property attribute of the <shape> element, such as adj="100, 200, 150". Inside the <formulas> element, you can then reference those values in the **adj** list. The first value (100) in the **adj** list can be referred to as #0, the second value (200) can be referred to as #1, and so on.

For example, to draw a smiling face, you can type the following VML representation:

<v:shape style='width:1in;height:1in;' strokecolor="red" strokeweight="2pt" coordsize="21600,21600" adj="17520" path="m10800,0qx0,10800,10800,21600,21600,10800,10800,0xe m7340,6445qx6215,7570,7340,8695,8465,7570,7340,6445xnfe m14260,6445qx13135,7570,14260,8695,15385,7570,14260,6445xnfe m4960@0c8853@3,12747@3,16640@0nfe"> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="sum 33030 0 #0"/> <v:f eqn="prod #0 4 3"/> <v:f eqn="prod @0 1 3"/> <v:f eqn="sum @1 0 @2"/> </v:formulas> </v:shape>

`adj="17520"`

defines a value (= 17520). This value can be referenced as #0.- The first formula,
`<v:f eqn="sum 33030 0 #0"/>`

, defines the value (= 33030 + 0 - #0). This value can be referenced as @0. - The second formula,
`<v:f eqn="prod #0 4 3"/>`

, defines the value (= #0 * 4 / 3). This value can be referenced as @1. - The third formula,
`<v:f eqn="prod @0 1 3"/>`

, defines the value (= @0 * 1 / 3). This value can be referenced as @2. - The fourth formula,
`<v:f eqn="sum @1 0 @2"/>`

, defines the value (=@1 + 0 -@2). This value can be referenced as @3. - Inside the <path> element, the values defined in the first (@0) and the fourth (@3) formulas are used to determine the outline of the shape.

If you change the **adj** list, such as `adj="20000"`

, the values of the formulas that reference the **adj** list will be changed as well, affecting the smiling face as follows:

<v:shape style='width:1in;height:1in;' strokecolor="red" strokeweight="2pt" coordsize="21600,21600" adj="20000" path="m10800,0qx0,10800,10800,21600,21600,10800,10800,0xe m7340,6445qx6215,7570,7340,8695,8465,7570,7340,6445xnfe m14260,6445qx13135,7570,14260,8695,15385,7570,14260,6445xnfe m4960@0c8853@3,12747@3,16640@0nfe"> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="sum 33030 0 #0"/> <v:f eqn="prod #0 4 3"/> <v:f eqn="prod @0 1 3"/> <v:f eqn="sum @1 0 @2"/> </v:formulas> </v:shape>

For more information about this element, see the VML specification .

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