Mathematica (Wolfram)

Mathematica is a computational software program used in scientific, engineering, mathematical, and computing fields. It has many features including 2D and 3D data and function visualization and animation tools, multivariate statistics libraries including fitting, hypothesis testing, and probability and expectation calculations on over 100 distributions, and data mining tools such as cluster analysis, sequence alignment and pattern matching (among many others).

Mathematica is available through Software Center.

How to Get Mathematica

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

Computer Labs

Contact Technology Support Services for specific information.

Mathematica can also be installed on:

Campus machines

Follow the directions below to download software from Wolfram and request the appropriate activation key.

1. Create an account:

  1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
  2. Fill out form using your @appstate.edu email to create a Wolfram ID
  3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID

2. Download and Install:

  1. Fill out this form to request an Activation Key (You will need to log in)
  2. Log in using your newly created Wolfram ID (your appstate email) and Wolfram password.
  3. Click My Products and Services Tab
  4. Choose the product you wish to download
  5. Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
  6. Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt (Activation Key is above the downloads link on the webpage)

Faculty and staff personally owned machines

Fill out this form to request a home-use license from Wolfram.

Please Note: You must go through the process above to create and account and request an activation key, it is required to get your at home user license

Student personally owned machines

Follow the directions below to download from the Wolfram User Portal.

1. Create an account (New users only):

  1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
  2. Fill out form using a @appstate.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
  3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID

2. Request the download and key:

  1. Fill out this form to request an Activation Key (You will need to log in)
  2. Log in using your newly created Wolfram ID (your appstate email) and Wolfram password.
  3. Click My Products and Services Tab
  4. Choose the product you wish to download
  5. Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
  6. Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt (Activation Key is above the downloads link on the webpage)
Service Type: 
Software Type: 
Mathematics, Science & Statistics
Operating System: 
Mac
Windows
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Mathematica Tutorial

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

  • Hands-on Start to Mathematica (videos)
    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.
  • Hands-on Start to Wolfram Mathematica and Programming with the Wolfram Language (book)
    Learn Mathematica at your own pace from authors with 50+ years of combined Mathematica experience—with hands-on examples, end-of-chapter exercises, and authors' tips that introduce you to the breadth of Mathematica with a focus on ease of use.
  • What's New in Mathematica 10
    Provides examples to help you get started with new functionality in Mathematica 10, including machine learning, computational geometry, geographic computation, and device connectivity.
  • 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.

Teaching with Mathematica

Mathematica offers an interactive classroom experience that helps students explore and grasp concepts, plus gives faculty the tools they need to easily create supporting course materials, assignments, and presentations.

Resources for Educators

  • 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 Mathematica, SystemModeler, 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.

Resources for Researchers

  • 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.