Context I am writing a technical document about some piece of mathematics, the tone of which is intended to be formal and academic.
Question Directly after a computation comes a sentence, in which I am unsure how to best position the preposition 'above'. The two alternatives are:
(1) 'The reader should find no difficulty in identifying the six implicit steps in the above computation.'
(2) 'The reader should find no difficulty in identifying the six implicit steps in the computation above.'
In this context, is one of these alternatives to be preferred over the other? I am leaning towards alternative (1), but I am no native speaker of English.
Edit It has been suggested that my question may be a duplicate. The suggested duplicate fails to address a context and appears to pertain more to grammar than to formal style. I think my question is different.
Edit 2 Davo suggests alternative (2) be replaced by
(3) 'The reader should find no difficulty in identifying the six implicit steps in the computation shown above.'
I agree with this suggestion; see this comment of mine. Thus I wonder if one of alternatives (1) and (3) is to be preferred over the other? I still lean towards alternative (1), simply because it consists of one less word.
It has also been suggested I number the relevant computation and thereafter refer to this number. Whereas this is appropriate in many cases, I find it unnatural to do so here. See my comment on Carl Witthoft's answer for an explanation.
Edit 3 This comment (in another thread) links to a graph showing which formulation is more common. It suggests alternative (1), and the question is answered.