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Plus or minus.

 

So 5 pluss or minus 2 means either 3 or 7, normally this implies the error bars. So the number is in the range of 3 to 7 but we measured 5.

Do you mean the error that occurred in measurement?

Plus-minus. If some device is, say, 6 volts plus-minus 1 volt it means that it is 6v within a variation of 1v either side.

 

 

Its the plus-or-minus sign. You will see such signs typically in the overroot of a perfect square, and also in the quadratic equation formula.

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Yes, for the most part. But can be interpreted more broadly than that. A errors may come from other sources such as the error in constants.

 

 

Uncertainty might be a better word. All measurements have a limited precision.

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The plus-minus sign (±) is a mathematical symbol with multiple meanings. Their use has been extended to many other meanings, more or less analogous. Plus and minus are Latin terms meaning "more" and "less", respectively.

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