Mathematica is a software package that is ideal for communicating scientific ideas, whether visualization of a concept in an introductory level course or creating a simulation of a new idea related to research. Mathematica is commonly used in mathematical sciences, physical sciences, business and finance, life sciences, engineering, and computer science.
How To Get A Copy
Mathematica can be installed on faculty/staff office machines or research stations. If you purchased a license through the UR Tech Store, you are eligible for one home-use license. Request a home-use license through the Wolfram Request Form.
Student licensing is free for any undergraduate student.
- If you already have a Wolfram ID to use Mathematica, skip to step 4. If you are a new user, create an account by going to http://user.wolfram.com and clicking Create Account.
- Fill out the form using your @rochester.edu email address, then click Create Wolfram ID.
- Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID.
- Fill out this form to request an activation key.
- Click the Product Summary page to access your license.
- Click Get Downloads, then click Download next to your platform.
- Run the installer on your machine, and enter the activation key when prompted.
For assistance installing Mathematica, contact Paul Winterbotham at Wolfram Research.
Payment may be made by blue 312 requisition or email (account number).
- $0 – AS&E faculty, staff, and students; Computer Science department; Laboratory for Laser Energetics
- $210 (annual fee) – All other faculty and staff
See the Wolfram website for system requirements.
The first three tutorials are excellent for new users, and can be assigned to students 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 experience with Mathematica. Hands-on examples, end-of-chapter exercises, and authors’ tips 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 collection of materials for example calculations or tutorials in your field of interest.
- 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 range of topics.
- Wolfram Training Education Courses – Access on-demand and live courses on Mathematica, SystemModeler, and other Wolfram technologies.
Researching with Mathematica
- 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 (free video course) – Learn how to create programs that take advantage of multicore machines or available clusters.
- Field-Specific Applications – Learn what areas of Mathematica are useful for specific fields.