       Re: Hold and Equal

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• Subject: [mg73747] Re: Hold and Equal
• From: bghiggins at ucdavis.edu
• Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 05:48:54 -0500 (EST)
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```Murray,

Try this

HoldForm[(a + b)^2 = z] /. z -> Expand[(a + b)^2]

(a + b)^2 = a^2 + 2*a*b + b^2

Cheers,

Brian

On Feb 26, 3:20 am, Murray Eisenberg <mur... at math.umass.edu> wrote:
> How can I produce in an Output cell (under program control) an
> expression like the following,
>
>    (a+b)^2 = a^2+ 2 a b + b^2
>
> where instead of the usual Equal (==) I get a Set (=), as in traditional
> math notation?  I want to input the unexpanded (a+b)^2 and have the
> expansion done automatically.
>
> Of course, I can try something like the following:
>
>    (a+b)^2 == Expand[(a+b)^2])
>
> So how do I convert the == to =?  Of course
>
>    ((a + b)^2 == Expand[(a + b)^2]) /. Equal -> Set
>
> gives a Set::write error.  And
>
>    (Hold[(a + b)^2 == Expand[(a + b)^2]]) /. Equal -> Set
>
> doesn't actually evaluate the Expand part and leaves the "Hold" wrapper.
>
> --
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