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How to Get Mathematica First Steps for New Users For Teaching For Research For Students


How to Get Mathematica

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

Computer labs

  • All labs in this LOCATION

Computer clusters

  • All machines in this LOCATION

Mathematica can also be installed on:

  • Faculty/staff school-owned machines

    FREE—Request Mathematica through this link and download through the Wolfram User Portal.

  • Faculty/staff personally owned machines

    FREE—Request Mathematica through this link.

  • Students' personally owned machines

    FREE—Request Mathematica for Students through this link and download through the Wolfram User Portal.

Are you interested in putting Mathematica elsewhere? Please let IT or Troy Schaudt at Wolfram Research know.

First Steps for New Users


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


Get a quick overview of Mathematica

First Ten Minutes with Mathematica 8: This screencast provides an overview of the important features that you'll want to explore during your first ten minutes with Mathematica.


Watch a tutorial screencast

Hands-on Start to Mathematica: 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.


Explore the Learning Center

Learning Center: Browse through this extensive collection of Mathematica tutorials, examples, and other resources to learn more about using Mathematica.

For Teaching

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.

Mathematica is commonly used in the following types of departments:

Mathematical sciences

Applied mathematics
Operations research
Pure mathematics

Physical sciences

Earth science
Experimental physics
Materials science
Theoretical physics


Financial analysis
Actuarial sciences
Management science

Life sciences

Environmental sciences
Medical research


Aerospace engineering
Electrical engineering
Chemical engineering
Civil engineering
Communications engineering
Mechanical engineering
Nuclear engineering

Computer sciences

Computer engineering
Software development


Resources for educators

For Research

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

For Students

Mathematica for Students has all the functionality and versatility of Mathematica, making it the perfect software to give you the edge in your educational and professional pursuits.

  • Mathematica can help you master concepts, so you'll do better in school (and after graduation).
  • You can use Mathematica for a variety of courses, homework assignments, and projects without needing to buy specialized software for each task.
  • Mathematica requires little time investment to learn, so you can start using it immediately.
  • Using Mathematica means you'll be learning a software that is used by Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, research labs, and universities worldwide.

Resources for Students