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Mathematica can be installed on:

Student personally owned machines

  • Follow the directions below to download software from Wolfram and request the appropriate activation key.
  1. Create an account (New users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click “Create Account”
    2. Fill out form using a @smith.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
    2. Click the “Product Summary page” link to access your license
    3. Click “Get Downloads” and select “Download” next to your platform
    4. Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt

Faculty and staff personally owned machines

  • Follow the directions below to download software from Wolfram and request the appropriate activation key.
  1. Create an account (New users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click “Create Account”
    2. Fill out form using a @smith.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
    2. Click the “Product Summary page” link to access your license
    3. Click “Get Downloads” and select “Download” next to your platform
    4. Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt
    5. Fill out this form to request a home-use license from Wolfram.

Faculty and Staff office Macintosh machines

  1. On your computer, navigate to the Applications folder and run the application called “Self Service”.  If your machine does not have the “Self Service” app in the Applications folder, then visit https://casper.smith.edu:8443/enroll/
  2. Choose “Science Software” in the right hand column
  3. Click on the install button for Mathematica

Are you interested in putting Mathematica elsewhere?  If so, please contact the CATS. group.

Mathematica Tutorials

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.
    • 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.

  • Mathematica is available on all lab computers on campus.
  • The Mathematica license at Smith College allows for grid computing for dedicated research clusters or in ad-hoc, or distributed grid environments.

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.

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.