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MatrixForm


I am new to mathematica and am having a problem understanding the way it
uses MatrixForm. The manual says it only affects the look of the
equation and not the way it is processed however if I use it I get
"strange" results.

a={{a11,a12},{a21,a22}}
b={{b11,b12},{b21,b22}}

MatrixForm[a+b]
MatrixForm[a]+MatrixForm[b]
MatrixForm[a]+b

all yield different results. Only the first one being what I would've
expected i.e. a new matrix {{a11+b11,{a12+b12} etc.. the last one gives
the strangest result in which is each element of b is added to the
entrire a matrix.

any suggestions? also, once a function is in matrixForm as in 
f=MatrixForm[a] how can I get f back into list form (is there a ListForm
kind of command?)

if you reply could you cc my email 

hkowalc at eng.clemson.edu

thanks
Henri Kowalczyk


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