The act of braking down a problem into pieces or making it seem more complex than it is to make one seem smarter than everyone else.
It is only used for the purpose to make one seem smarter than everyone else.
Josh was using Elementation to impress the ladies...
Josh: And then we take the pie away from the 3x+17 and then cube it twice and then we get 24... and Jane was the murderer!
Alyssa: Oh my God, you're so smart!
Josh: It's elementary, my dear.