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What is Mathematica? | How to obtain Mathematica | What are the best steps to start using Mathematica?


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.

How to obtain Mathematica...

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:
  • Computer labs: Math lab, Physics lab, Anderson Hall labs.
Mathematica can also be installed on:
  • Faculty/staff school-owned machines: Installers are available at the IT Help Desk, Anderson Hall Rm. 21.
  • Faculty/staff personally-owned machines: Fill out the online form to request a home-use license from Wolfram.
  • Students' personally-owned machines: Follow the online instructions to request a home use license from Wolfram.
    1. Create an account (New users only):
      1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
      2. Fill out form using a @wcupa.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
      3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID Note: You may have to log into your WCU spam mailbox at spamcontrol.wcupa.edu, if you don’t see the email in your WCU account.
    2. Request the download and key:
      1. Fill out this form to request an Activation Key
      2. Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
      3. Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
      4. Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt


What are the best steps to start using Mathematica?

If you are brand-new to Mathematica, below are some suggestions on the best ways to get started.

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

  • Watch the "Hands-On Start to Mathematica" tutorial .

    Follow along in Mathematica as you watch this multi-part screencast that teaches you the basics—how to create your first notebook, calculations, visualizations, interactive examples, and more.

  • What's New in Mathematica 9

    Provides examples to help you get started with new functionality in Mathematica 9, including the predictive interface.

  • How to Topics

    Access step-by-step instructions ranging from how to create animations to basic syntax information.

  • Learning Center

    Search Wolfram's large collection of materials for example calculations or tutorials in your field of interest.


Resources for Faculty
  • Mathematica for Teaching and Education—Free video course

    Learn how to make your classroom dynamic with interactive models, explore computation and visualization capabilities in Mathematica that make it useful for teaching practically any subject at any level, and get best-practice suggestions for course integration.

  • How To Create a Lecture Slideshow—Video tutorial

    Learn how to create a slideshow for class that shows a mixture of graphics, calculations, and nicely formatted text, with live calculations or animations.

  • Wolfram Demonstrations Project

    Download pre-built, open-code examples from a daily-growing collection of interactive visualizations, spanning a remarkable range of topics.

  • Wolfram Training Education Courses

    Access on-demand and live courses on MathematicaSystemModeler, and other Wolfram technologies.

Research with Mathematica

Rather than requiring different toolkits for different jobs, Mathematica integrates the world's largest collection of algorithms, high-performance computing capabilities, and a powerful visualization engine in one coherent system, making it ideal for academic research in just about any discipline.

  • Mathematica for University Research—Free video course

    Explore Mathematica's high-level and multi-paradigm programming language, support for parallel computing and GPU architectures, built-in functionality for specialized application areas, and multiple publishing and deployment options for sharing your work.

  • Utilizing HPC and Grid Computing in Education—Video tutorial

    Learn how to create programs and take advantage of multi-core machines or a dedicated cluster.

  • Field-Specific Applications

    Learn what areas of Mathematica are useful for specific fields.