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RE: ExpandAll[(a + b) ** c] ?

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  • Subject: [mg71162] RE: [mg71097] ExpandAll[(a + b) ** c] ?
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 03:39:59 -0500 (EST)


How about

Distribute[(a + b) ** c]
a ** c + b ** c

David Park
djmp at

From: Christoph Lhotka [mailto:lhotka at]
To: mathgroup at

Hello Mathgroup!

Ho do I make the non-commutative operator ** distributiv with respect to +,
thus the expression "ExpandAll[(a + b) ** c]" evaluates to "a**c + b**c", by
setting appropiate attributes to ** and + ?

PS: Sure, the rule (a+b)**c->a**c+b**c after the expression works fine, but
its a rule, not an attribute to **, nor to +.

Discussion point: Is there a any reason, why the non-commutative but
associative opertor ** should not be distributive with respect to a linear
operator + in general? To my opinion this would be more straightforward,
calling the operator a multiplicative one. What do you think?

Thank you

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