This article explores instances of symbol polysemy within mathematics as it manifests in different areas within the mathematics register. In particular, it illustrates how even basic symbols, such as ‘+’ and ‘1’, may carry with them meaning in ‘new’ contexts that is inconsistent with their use in ‘familiar’ contexts. This article illustrates that knowledge of mathematics includes learning a meaning of a symbol, learning more than one meaning, and learning how to choose the contextually supported meaning of that symbol.
"Polysemy of symbols: Signs of ambiguity,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 7
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol7/iss2/5