# Plus

x+y+z

represents a sum of terms.

# Details

• Plus has attributes Flat, Orderless, and OneIdentity.
• The default value for arguments of Plus, as used in x_. patterns, is 0. »
• Plus[] is taken to be 0.
• Plus[x] is x.
• x+0 evaluates to x, but x+0.0 is left unchanged.
• In mixed fractions such as 1 , the implicit addition can be entered as 1 + or 1 \[ImplicitPlus] . This evaluates to 1+, but implicit addition is an operator with much higher precedence than +.
• Unlike other functions, Plus applies builtin rules before userdefined ones. As a result, it is not possible to make definitions such as 2+2=5.
• Plus can be used with Interval and CenteredInterval objects. »

# Background & Context

• Plus is a function that does addition (summation) of expressions. The expression Plus[a,b,c,] is commonly represented using the shorthand syntax a+b+c+. Special cases include Plus[], which is taken to be 0, and Plus[x], which is taken to be x.
• Plus sorts its arguments and collapses any terms of the same type. Plus also threads element-wise over lists.
• To perform summation at a particular level of a list or to apply compensative summation to reduce numerical error for inexact summands, the function Total can be used. Accumulate gives a list of the successive accumulated totals of elements in a list. AddTo, Increment, and PreIncrement can be used to increase the value of a given variable. Minus gives the arithmetic negation of an expression, and Subtract gives the difference of two numbers.
• Summation of a function over a range or list of arguments is done using the function Sum.

# Examples

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## Basic Examples(3)

Explicit FullForm:

## Scope(6)

If any number is approximate, the whole result will be as follows:

Create mixed fractions by typing a whole number, +, and a fraction:

Sum two mixed fractions:

Plus can be used with Interval and CenteredInterval objects:

## Properties & Relations(10)

Plus sorts its arguments:

Display terms in a sum in a traditional order:

Display a sum without evaluation:

Display the FullForm of a sum:

Find the length of a sum:

Total applies Plus to a list:

Pattern matching works with Plus:

Distribute a function over Plus:

Accumulate makes a cumulative sum:

Wolfram Research (1988), Plus, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Plus.html (updated 2021).

#### Text

Wolfram Research (1988), Plus, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Plus.html (updated 2021).

#### CMS

Wolfram Language. 1988. "Plus." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2021. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Plus.html.

#### APA

Wolfram Language. (1988). Plus. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Plus.html

#### BibTeX

@misc{reference.wolfram_2024_plus, author="Wolfram Research", title="{Plus}", year="2021", howpublished="\url{https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Plus.html}", note=[Accessed: 15-September-2024 ]}

#### BibLaTeX

@online{reference.wolfram_2024_plus, organization={Wolfram Research}, title={Plus}, year={2021}, url={https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Plus.html}, note=[Accessed: 15-September-2024 ]}