# Basic Math Symbols

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Nomenclature & Symbols for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science

## Basic Math Symbols

This is a list of the most common math symbols:

SymbolDefinitionExample
$$+$$ addition $$5+4=9$$
$$-$$ subtraction $$5-4=1$$
$$\mp$$ plus - minus, both plus and minus operations $$5\mp4=9$$ and $$1$$
$$\pm$$ minus - plus, both minus and plus operations $$5\mp4=1$$ and $$9$$
$$*$$ multiplication $$5*4=20$$
$$\times$$ multiplication $$5\times4=20$$
$$\bullet$$ multiplication $$5\bullet4=20$$
$$\div$$ division $$5\div 4=1.25$$
$$/$$ division $$5/4=1.25$$
$$-$$ horizontal line is for division / fraction $$\frac {5} {4} =1.25$$
$$.$$ decimal point $$5.4$$
$$=$$ equal $$5+4=9$$