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I have an expression that I want Mathematica to fully expand without any simplification afterwards. I want the output to look like the following example.

(x+y)^2 ⇒ x^2+xy+yx+y^2

Could you help me to solve this problem?

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Something like Distribute[(x + y) ** (x + y)] /. t_ ** t_ :> t^2? –  J. M. Oct 6 '12 at 14:37
    
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Try

Expand[(x + y)^2] 

which will give you

$ x^2 + 2 x y + y^2$

Even ExpandAll[] won't separate the $"2 xy"$ into $"xy+yx"$. And this makes sense; what should it make of $"3xy"$? $"xy + yx + xy"$, or $"xy + yx +yx"$? And what about $"10 xy"$ (I don't want to think about $"10000 xy"$)?

J.M.'s solution

Distribute[(x + y) ** (x + y)] /. t_ ** t_ :> t^2  

will give you the $2 x y$ as separate terms, but has to use the symbol for non-commutative multiplication (for example, x and y may be operators):

$ x^2 + y^2 + x ** y + y** x $

and Mathematica won't interpret it as commutative multiplication. Replacing x and y with numerical values

x^2 + y^2 + x ** y + y ** x /. {x -> 2, y -> 3}

will yield

$13 + 2 ** 3 + 3 ** 2$

instead of

$ 25$

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