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How to Get Mathematica

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

  • Computer Labs: All general or public-access labs. Many departmental labs have Mathematica installed as well.
  • Computer Clusters: UNC's Mathematica license can be used for grid computing. If you are interested in using Mathematica for parallel computing on a dedicated cluster, or in a distributed grid environment, please let Paul Fish at Wolfram Research know.

Installing Mathematica

Mathematica can also be installed on:

  • Campus Machines: Follow the directions below to download software from Wolfram
  1. Create an Account (new users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and select "Create Account"
    2. Fill out the form using a @unco.edu email address
    3. Check your email address and select the link to validate your Wolfram ID
  2. Request the download key:
    1. Fill out this form to request Activation Key
    2. Select the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
    3. Select "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
    4. Run the installer on your machine and enter the Activation Key at the prompt
  • Student Personally owned machines: Follow the instructions below to download from Wolfram User Portal
  1. Create an account (new users only)
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
    2. Fill out form using a @unco.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:

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

feedback Are you Interested in installing Mathematica elsewhere? Please let IT or Paul Fish 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 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.

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 Mathmatica'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.