The Mathematical Symbol "Plus Sign (+)"

The "Plus Sign" Symbol (+): A Fundamental of Arithmetic

In the realm of mathematical symbols, there are a few that are universally recognized and foundational to our understanding of arithmetic. The + symbol, universally known as the "Plus Sign", is one such emblem. Synonymous with the operation of addition, it's a symbol that every student encounters early in their mathematical journey. Let's delve into the + symbol and its significance.

The Simplicity of the + Symbol

Representing the operation of addition, the + symbol indicates the process of combining two or more quantities. It's an essential building block of arithmetic and foundational to more advanced mathematical concepts.

Example 1: Basic Arithmetic

If you have two apples and you get two more, the situation can be represented as \(2 + 2 = 4\), indicating you now have four apples in total.

Example 2: Algebra

In algebraic expressions, the + symbol denotes the sum of variables or constants. For instance, \(x + y\) represents the sum of x and y, which can be numbers, vectors, or even more complex entities depending on the context.

Applications Beyond Numbers

While commonly associated with numbers, the + symbol finds application in a variety of domains:

  • Set Theory: Denoting the union of sets.
  • Computer Programming: Often used for string concatenation or list merging in some languages.
  • Physics: Indicating the combination of forces or other quantities.

The ubiquity of the + symbol is a testament to its fundamental role in various domains of knowledge.

In summary, the + symbol is more than just a mark on paper or a screen; it's a representation of a foundational concept in mathematics and science. Its simplicity and universality make it one of the most recognized and used symbols in the world.

Mathematical symbol 'Plus Sign'

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Codes for the + Symbol

The Symbol+
Alt CodeAlt 43
HTML Code+
HTML Entity+
CSS Code\002B
Hex Code+

How To Insert the + Symbol

(Method 1) Copy and paste the symbol.

The easiest way to get the + symbol is to copy and paste it into your document.

Bear in mind that this is a UTF-8 encoded character. It must be encoded as UTF-8 at all stages (copying, replacing, editing, pasting), otherwise it will render as random characters or the dreaded �.

(Method 2) Use the "Alt Code."

If you have a keyboard with a numeric pad, you can use this method. Simply hold down the Alt key and type 43. When you lift the Alt key, the symbol appears. ("Num Lock" must be on.)

(Method 3) Use the HTML Decimal Code (for webpages).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#43;</b>My symbol: +

(Method 4) Use the HTML Entity Code (for webpages).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &plus;</b>My symbol: +

(Method 5) Use the CSS Code (for webpages).

CSS and HTML TextOutput
span:after {
content: "\002B";}
<span>My symbol:</span>
My symbol: +

(Method 6) Use the HTML Hex Code (for webpages and HTML canvas).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#x002B;</b>My symbol: +
On the assumption that you already have your canvas and the context set up, use the Hex code in the format 0x002B to place the + symbol on your canvas. For example:
JavaScript Text
const x = "0x"+"E9"
ctx.fillText(String.fromCodePoint(x), 5, 5);


(Method 7) Use the Unicode (for various, e.g. Microsoft Office, JavaScript, Perl).

The Unicode for + is U+002B. The important part is the hexadecimal number after the U+, which is used in various formats. For example, in Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, PowerPoint), do the following:
[Hold down Alt]
[Press x]
(The 002B turns into +. Note that you can omit any leading zeros.)
In JavaScript, the syntax is \uXXXX. So, our example would be \u002B. (Note that the format is 4 hexadecimal characters.)
JavaScript TextOutput
let str = "\u002B"
document.write("My symbol: " + str)
My symbol: +