What am i missing?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg12686] What am i missing?*From*: Ray Pendergraph <appeal at mindspring.com>*Date*: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 23:16:57 -0400*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Im not saying this is a glitch and I do not want to start a debate like the one about why the square root of x squared is not x on Mathematicabut my question is this: Why does Mathematica square each individual element in a matrix when I say [A]^2 . For instance, I have an n x n matrix [A] filled with random numbers. Should'nt {A]^2 be the same as [A].[A] instead of squaring each component of the matrix (which is what Mathematica does when you say A^2).There must be a reason why Wolfram did this and I am not exactly a seasoned mathematician so could someone explain? -- Ray Pendergraph appeal at mindspring.com www.mindspring.com/~appeal