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Software - Mathematica

What is Mathematica?

Mathematica is a software package which is ideal for communicating scientific ideas, whether this is visualization of a concept in an intro-level course, or creating a simulation of a new idea related to research. Mathematica is used in virtually all of the world's top research universities and liberal arts colleges, and is commonly used in the following types of departments—Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Business and Finance, Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science

How to Get Mathematica

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

Mathematica can also be installed on:

  • Faculty and staff campus machines
  • Faculty and staff personally-owned machines
  • Student personal machines


1)  Visit to request Mathematica.
2)  Register (when asked) using your email.
3)  Click "Get Mathematica|Desktop" or "Get Mathematica Online."
4)  During the download process, when prompted, click "Activate through your organization's SSO."
5)  Follow on-screen prompts to authenticate.

Tutorials to Learn Mathematica

The first two tutorials are excellent for new users and can be assigned to students to learn Mathematica outside of class time.

Collection of tutorials to branch out and explore more specific applications and areas of Mathematica.

  • Learning Center - Search Wolfram's large collection of materials for example calculations or tutorials in your field of interest

Also Available: 

Mathematica Online ( - web based version of Mathematica. Nothing to install!

WolframAlpha Pro ( Online computation answer engine that takes plain English input.

Teaching with Mathematica

  • How To Create a Lecture Slideshow - Show a mixture of graphics, calculations, nicely formatted text, as slides with live calculations or animations in class
  • Assigning Student Projects (Video Tutorial) - Give students guided projects to explore concepts either through a Course Management System to supplement your text
  • Full Collection of How To Tutorials - Ranging from how to create animations to basic syntax information

Research with Mathematica

  • Programming and Parallel Computing Basics (Video Tutorial) - Learn how to create programs and take advantage of multi-core machines or a dedicated cluster
  • Scope of Field-Specific Applications - Learn what areas of Mathematica are useful for specific fields

Information Technology Services

Healey Library, 3rd Floor