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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 universities and 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:

All computer labs maintained by IT

Mathematica can also be installed on:

Faculty and staff campus machines: Installers are available, contact Jon Clauss at

Faculty and staff personally-owned machines, click for Wolfram request form

Student personal machines, click here to purchase a license at Wolfram web store

If you are teaching with Mathematica or a signification group of students will purchase a license, contact Sarah Carter at for better discounts.

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.

First Ten Minutes with Mathematica - Shows most current tips and templates to get started with Mathematica, including free-form input

Hands-On Start to Mathematica - Review and assign to students as homework for more in-depth overview

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

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

Spikey Created with Wolfram Mathematica 8.0