Mathematica Software

Supported Operating Systems:  Windows, Mac and Linux.

General Description: Software used mainly for computation, but also for modeling, simulation, visualization, development, documentation, and deployment.

Availability: 

  • Computer Labs
    All general or public-access labs. Many departmental labs have Mathematica installed as well.
  • Computer clusters
    The Mines 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 submit a Mines Help Center ticket.

Scope of License:

  • Campus-wide license for instruction and academic research.
  • The product can be downloaded and installed on personal computers owned by students, faculty or staff.

Method for Obtaining:

  1. Create an account (New users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click “Create Account”
    2. Fill out form using a @mines.edu email, and click “Create Wolfram ID”
    3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
  2. Request access to the product:
    • Mathematica Desktop
      For a personally owned machine:
      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
    • Mathematica Online
      1. Fill out this form to request access
      2. Go to Mathematica Online and sign in to access Mathematica Online
    • Wolfram|Alpha Pro
      1. Fill out this form to request access
      2. Go to Wolfram|Alpha and click “Sign in” to access Wolfram|Alpha Pro
  1. Create an account (New users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click “Create Account”
    2. Fill out form using a @mines.edu email, and click “Create Wolfram ID”
    3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
  2. Request access to the product:
    • Mathematica Desktop
      For school-owned machines:
      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

      For a personally owned machine:

      1. Fill out this form to request a home-use license from Wolfram.
    • Mathematica Online
      1. Fill out this form to request access
      2. Go to Mathematica Online and sign in to access Mathematica Online
    • Wolfram|Alpha Pro
      1. Fill out this form to request access
      2. Go to Wolfram|Alpha and click “Sign in” to access Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Are you interested in installing Mathematica elsewhere?
Submit a request for installation to the Mines Help Center.  Once the request is received, computer-support staff will contact you to arrange a time for installation. For computers that stay on campus permanently, this is the preferred way to license Mathematica.

Additional Features:

Wolfram Lightweight Grid Manager 9 is now available.

Lightweight Grid Manager makes it easy to utilize idle hardware for parallel Mathematica computations. When Lightweight Grid Manager is installed on a machine with Mathematica, any Mathematica users on that network can discover and connect to that machine’s Mathematica computation kernels from a remote computer, lending more CPU power to their computations. For more information, visit: http://www.wolfram.com/lightweight-grid-manager.

Individuals will need Mathematica installed and activated on their machine to take advantage of Lightweight Grid Manager. Free Lightweight Grid Manager licenses can be requested by Mathematica users through the following form, using their Mathematica activation key or the site license number: http://www.wolfram.com/services/premiersupport/lightweightgrid/index.cgi.

Documentation:  Available at the Wolfram Mathematica Documentation Center. Wofram also offers multimedia tutorials for new users.

Tutorials

Mathematica

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 (video)
    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.
  • Hands-on Start to Wolfram Mathematica and Programming with the Wolfram Language (book)
    Learn Mathematica at your own pace from authors with 50+ years of combined Mathematica experience— with hands-on examples, end-of-chapter exercises, and authors’ tips that introduce you to the breadth of Mathematica with a focus on ease of use.
  • Mathematica & Wolfram Language Fast Introduction for Math Students (online book)
    Use this tutorial to learn about solving math problems in the Wolfram Language—from basic arithmetic to integral calculus and beyond.
  • What’s New in Mathematica 12
    Provides a list of new functionality in Mathematica 12, and links to documentation and examples for these new features—including 3D printing, audio processing, machine learning and neural networks, and text and language processing.
  • How To Topics
    Access step-by-step instructions ranging from how to create animations to basic syntax information.
  • Mathematica Resources
    Browse Wolfram’s large collection of learning materials and support resources.
Mathematica Online

Hands-on Start to Mathematica Online (video)
This tutorial screencast series provides step-by-step instructions to get you started with Mathematica Online —from creating your first notebook complete with text, calculations, visualizations, and interactive examples, to sharing your notebook with others for collaboration and viewing through the Wolfram Cloud.

Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Tour of Wolfram|Alpha
New to Wolfram|Alpha? Take a tour to learn what you can do with Wolfram|Alpha, and explore additional features you get with Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

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.

  • Wolfram Language Training Courses—Free video courses
    Explore what’s possible with the Wolfram Language, including programming fundamentals and concepts, built-in functions, symbolic expressions, and tips for better, faster coding.

  • 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.

In case of difficulties running the software in a Mines ITS managed lab:  Contact ITS via the Mines Help Center. We want the program to be properly installed, licensed and functioning. If you have questions about the use of the program, please contact your instructor, TA or lab manager.