Mathematica

What is Mathematica?

Mathematica 8 LogoMathematica 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...

  • Click on the appropriate link and then follow the steps below Faculty/Staff, Students
  • If you are a new Mathematica user, click Continue without signing in
  • Enter your First and Last Name and your SMU email address
  • Select the appropriate platform
  • Click Submit
  • An email will be sent with a link and an activation code. Click on the link in that email
  • You will be prompted to configure a username and password for the Wolfram site. Follow all instructions provided by Wolfram to install the software.

What are the best steps to start using Mathematica?

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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.