How to Get Mathematica
Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:
- Most public labs and classrooms on campus
- If you are interested in using Mathematica to do grid computing (whether on a dedicated research cluster or in an ad-hoc, or distributed grid environment), please send a note to Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research.
Mathematica can also be installed on:
To request Mathematica for your office or classroom machine, please send a note to The Roanoke College Help Desk.
Faculty and staff personally owned machines
Fill out this form to request a home-use license from Wolfram.
Student personally owned machines
Follow the directions below to download from the Wolfram User Portal.
- Create an account (New users only):
- Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
- Fill out form using a @mail.roanoke.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
- Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
- Request the download and key:
- Fill out this form to request an Activation Key
- Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
- Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
- Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt
- Create an account (New users only):
Are you interested in putting Mathematica elsewhere? Please let IT or Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research know.
The first two 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
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.
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.