Is there a way to put a plus minus sign in an answer?

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Jun 8, 2017


Do you mean a minus-plus sign?


Since you already know how to write a plus-minus sign, #+-#, I assume that you're referring to the minus-plus sign, which looks like this

From what I can tell, you can't really write this symbol in the editor.

Classic MathJax has the functions \pm for the plus minus sign which works here as well

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and \mp for the minus plus sign, which does not work in the editor

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However, you can improvise a little by using the stackrel()() function, which allows you to stack symbols or characters (text) on top of each other.

For example, you can write

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It's not perfect, but it does the job :D.


I found a better way of writing the minus plus sign

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I personally think the first option looks better

#stackrel("---")(+)2" "color(green)(sqrt()) " "# versus #" "color(red)(cancel(color(black)(stackrel(_)(+)2)))#


Here's another way of writing the minus plus sign--this one is brought to you by Ernest Z.

The plus-minus sign is Unicode character 2213, so you can write in MS Word first by using writing 2213 followed by ALT + X.

Simply copy/paste the sign to the editor. It will look like this

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I think we may have found the best version

#stackrel("---")(+)2 " "# #" "color(green)(ul(color(black)(∓2))) " "color(green)(sqrt()#


Here's yet another way of writing the minus-plus sign, this time brought to you by NickTheTurtle!

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I think that this version gets the job done + it has the added bonus of being easier to add to the answer!

#stackrel("---")(+)2 " "# #" "∓2 " "# #" "bar("+")2#

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