Question: Is it possible to disable the automatic conversion from "a*a" to "a^2"?


For factorization and computing times purposes, I'd like Maple to not perform this automatic conversion.

whattype(a*b) gives whattype(a*b)

while whattype(a*a) gives whattype(a*a)

Alternatively, a way to factorize 6*x^2+a*x-10 into (a+6*x)*x-10 could do the trick.

Here's a list of the functions I've already tried:

  • factor
  • collect (so coeff too)
  • combine/expand

Any ideas?

Thank you!

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