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How to Get Mathematica

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

Computer labs

  • All public and general labs

Computer clusters

  • The Mathematica license At Villanova can be used for parallel, or grid, computing. To use Mathematica on a dedicated research cluster or in a distributed, or ad-hoc, grid environment, please contact Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research.

Mathematica can also be installed on:

Campus machines

  • To access Mathematica, simply log in to the Villanova Citrix Server (which requires a quick client install if your computer image does not already have this software) and find Mathematica under Academic Applications, Math and Stat: you will see the Mathematica icon listed alphabetically.

Faculty and staff personally owned machines

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

Student personally owned machines

Students can buy discounted licenses through Wolfram's Web Store, but if you're teaching with Mathematica, or a significant quantity of students will be purchasing licenses, please contact Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research for better discounts.

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

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.

  • 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.