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Mathematica

Mathematica 8 SpikeyMathematica is the world's most powerful global computing environment. Ideal for use in engineering, mathematics, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, and a wide range of other fields, it makes possible a new level of automation in algorithmic computation, interactive manipulation, and dynamic presentation--as well as a whole new way of interacting with the world of data.

Getting Mathematica...

Mathematica is installed on all instructional computers. If you would like to use it at your desk and do not find Mathematica installed on your University-owned computer, install the software using LANDesk Workspaces.

Mathematica for Personal Use

Students:

Visit the Wolfram User Portal where you will need to set up a Wolfram ID account using your smu.edu email. Once your have an account, you will receive an email to download directly from the Wolfram User Portal.

Faculty & Staff:

Click here for the Wolfram Activation Key Request Form. Upon completion, you will be directed to a web page which will contain your product key as well as links to download installers. You will also receive an email with this information for your records.


What are the best steps to start using Mathematica?

If you are brand-new to Mathematica, below are some suggestions on the best ways to get started.

Students

  1. Watch the "Hands-On Start to Mathematica" tutorial screencast.
  2. Explore the Learning Center for topics relevant to your interests.
  3. Launch Mathematica, open the Classroom Assistant, and perform your first few computations.
  4. You're now ready for the projects that faculty will assign.

Teaching Faculty

  1. Sign up for the "Overview of Mathematica for Education" seminar.
  2. Explore the Learning Center for topics relevant to your interests.
  3. Find some prebuilt examples and courseware from the Demonstrations Project, MathWorld, and the Library Archive.
  4. Assign the above steps in the student section to your classes as homework.

Research Faculty

  1. Sign up for the "Overview of Mathematica for Education" seminar.
  2. Take other seminars relevant to your work.
  3. Explore the Learning Center for topics relevant to your interests.
  4. Go to the Demonstrations Project site to see what's possible.
  5. Go to the Library Archive for additional resources.

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