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Subscript and superscript are important when you are dealing with different types of formulas. They are useful in math, chemistry, etc.

In Python, there is a method called maketrans. It creates a one to one mapping table with characters and their replacements.

`replace = str.maketrans("123", "ABC")`

This method will replace 1 to A, 2 to B, and 3 to C. Let’s take a look.

```
numbers_to_letters = str.maketrans("123", "ABC")
print("Question 1, point 2 and 4".translate(numbers_to_letters))
```

In this case, numbers 1 and 2 are going to be replaced, but 4 doesn’t have a replacement, so it will stay 4.

Question A, point B and 4

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## Printing subscript

Similarly, you can convert numbers to subscript. Let’s use this formula for ethanol:

```
subscript = str.maketrans("0123456789", "₀₁₂₃₄₅₆₇₈₉")
print("C2H5OH".translate(subscript))
```

This code will replace all numbers to subscript, as it should be in the chemical formula.

C₂H₅OH

## Printing superscript

You can also convert a number to superscript. In this case, we are going to use a formula to calculate the area of a circle.

πr²

In our example, the formula is written this way:

PIr2

We are going to convert 2 to superscript, and **PI** to **π**. We can’t convert **PI** with **maketrans** because the first two maketrans arguments should be the same length. In this case, let’s use the **replace** function.

```
superscript = str.maketrans("0123456789", "⁰¹²³⁴⁵⁶⁷⁸⁹")
print("PIr2".translate(superscript).replace('PI', 'π'))
```

The result is:

πr²

## Unicode subscripts and superscripts

Another way to achieve the same result is to use the Unicode subscripts and superscripts.

### For subscripts

U+207x

The letter “x” represents a subscript number.

### For superscripts

U+208x

The letter “x” represents a superscript number.

This is the full table of Unicode characters:

0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | A | B | C | D | E | F | |

U+00Bx | x² | x³ | x¹ | |||||||||||||

U+207x | x⁰ | xⁱ | x⁴ | x⁵ | x⁶ | x⁷ | x⁸ | x⁹ | x⁺ | x⁻ | x⁼ | x⁽ | x⁾ | xⁿ | ||

U+208x | x₀ | x₁ | x₂ | x₃ | x₄ | x₅ | x₆ | x₇ | x₈ | x₉ | x₊ | x₋ | x₌ | x₍ | x₎ | |

U+209x | xₐ | xₑ | xₒ | xₓ | xₔ | xₕ | xₖ | xₗ | xₘ | xₙ | xₚ | xₛ | xₜ |

Let’s implement it into Python.

`print(u'C\u2082H\u2085OH')`

The result is the same as before:

C₂H₅OH

Now, let’s create the second formula:

`print(u'\u03C0r\u00B2')`

**U+03C0** is a Unicode character for the greek letter **PI** and **U+00B2** for square root. As you can see from the table, the power of 2 and 3 have different notation than numbers from **4** to **9**.

The result:

πr²