What is Mathematica?

Mathematica is the world's most powerful global computing environment. Ideal for use in engineering, mathematics, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, and a wide range of other fields, it makes possible a new level of automation in algorithmic computation, interactive manipulation, and dynamic presentation--as well as a whole new way of interacting with the world of data.

Features include instant dynamic interactivity, high-impact adaptive visualization, symbolic interface construction, load-on-demand curated data, and more.

Is Mathematica available for my machine's operating system?

Mathematica is available for onsite machines running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or Unix. Home-use licenses are available for machines running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. Click here for a complete list of platforms supported.

How do I get a copy of Mathematica?

Computer Lab Machines:

Mathematica is currently available on all computer lab machines. Please consult with Local Mathematica Contact to include additional computer labs.

Onsite Machines:

Our site license enables you to use Mathematica for teaching or academic research projects. Employees or students can pick up the installation media from Local Mathematica Contact.

Employee-Owned Machines:

Employees can request a free home-use license for a personally owned machine directly from Wolfram Research at URL. You will need our site license number, which is available by consulting Local Mathematica Contact.

Student-Owned Machines:

Students can purchase discounted licenses for personally owned machines through Wolfram Research for $44.95 (Semester Edition) or $69.95 (Annual Edition) at Faculty are encouraged to let Local Mathematica know if a significant number of students will use Mathematica for a course, as additional discounts may be available.

Where do I find instructions to install Mathematica?

Installation instructions for Mathematica and Network Mathematica can be found below:

How do I get a password for Mathematica?

When you install MathLM, a single-machine Mathematica license, or Mathematica for Students, you need to register your license to receive a password.

Toll free (U.S. and Canada): +1-877-239-7177
Outside the U.S. and Canada: +1-217-398-5151

To obtain a password for your work machine, you'll need our site license number (available by consulting Local Mathematical Contact). If installing Mathematica on a personally owned machine, you should use your home-use license number. You'll also need the MathID number that is generated and displayed by the product during the installation process. Tips for locating your MathID number are posted here.

When does my license expire?

Your Mathematica license expires each year on DATE. To continue using Mathematica, follow the instructions below:

Onsite Installations

To continue to use Mathematica, you must consult Local Mathematica Contact before Novemeber 2009 (but renewable each year) to extend your license. After you obtain a license extension, you will be able to obtain a new password for Mathematica so you can continue to use the license until November of the following year.

Employee-Owned Machines:

To continue to use Mathematica, please fill out the Home-Use License Request Form. After you obtain a password extension, you may continue to use the license until November of the following year.

Student-Owned Machines:

To continue to use Mathematica for Students, you must consult Local Mathematica Contact before November to extend your license. After you obtain a license extension, you will be able to obtain a new password for Mathematica for Students so you can continue to use the license until November of the following year.

Where can I find documentation for Mathematica?

Full information on the functions, capabilities, and unified structure of the Mathematica system is available online through the Wolfram Mathematica Documentation Center.

How can I obtain technical support?

Consult with Local Mathematica Contact for technical support.

What other benefits are included with our site license?

Mathematica Player Pro

Mathematica Player Pro allows non-Mathematica-users to run any program or application created in Mathematica. Complimentary copies of Mathematica Player Pro are available for use on computers that are owned by and located at MCS, or employee-owned computers. Employees may obtain Player Pro online using our site license number (available by consulting Local Mathematica Contact).

Wolfram Workbench

Wolfram Workbench is an integrated development environment (IDE) for building large-scale technical solutions with Mathematica. If you want to develop code written in the Mathematica language, you can request a free copy of Wolfram Workbench using our site license number (available by consulting Local Mathematica Contact).

webMathematica Amateur

webMathematica Amateur allows you to create websites where users can compute and visualize results directly from a web browser. A limited number of webMathematica Amateur licenses are available for those who wish to showcase their work over the web. To request a license, please consult Local Mathematica Contact.

The Mathematica Journal

Free online access to The Mathematica Journal is available through Enter our site license number (available by consulting Local Mathematica Contact) and click on the link to The Mathematica Journal on this page to read current and past issues posted online.

Discounts on Wolfram Education Group classes and Mathematica conferences

You are eligible for a 15% discount off the standard price of all Wolfram Education Group classroom-based and online courses. Click here for a complete list of classes and to register. Discounts ranging from 10 to 50% off are also available for select Wolfram Research conferences, presentations, seminars, and other events. Be sure to include our site license number (available by consulting Local Mathematica Contact) when you register for these events so you receive your discount.

Where can new and existing users learn more about using Mathematica?

Wolfram Mathematica Learning Center

How do you learn to use Mathematica? Find the start you need in the Learning Center.

Online Screencasts

Online videos to help you learn how to incorporate Mathematica into your everyday tasks. Below are several that are great for individuals who are new to Mathematica.

Wolfram Mathematica Documentation Center

Complete documentation on all aspects of Mathematica, including over 50,000 examples

Online Seminars

Free online seminars to learn how to use Mathematica for various tasks

Wolfram Demonstrations Project

An open-code resource of thousands of ready-to-use models  

Tutorials from Wolfram Research

Several tutorials are available from Wolfram Research to help you learn the basics of Mathematica, including:

If you are interested in a more individualized experience, Wolfram Research may be able to arrange a seminar or webcast for your group.

Where can I find additional Mathematica-related resources?

Wolfram Mathematica Player
The free interactive player for Mathematica notebook documents

Mathematica Online Resource Guide
A comprehensive list of Mathematica-related links that includes information on resources, support, training, events, and more

Wolfram Library Archive
A variety of resources for all users such as books, tutorials, courseware, and research papers

Technical FAQs
Find answers to all of your technical questions about Mathematica

Who do I contact with questions about Mathematica licensing?

Local Mathematica Contact:
Department of Math and Computer Science
College of Science

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