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Mathematica - Wolfram Research

What is Mathematica?

Mathematica is a computational software program used in many scientific, engineering, mathematical and computing fields, based on symbolic mathematics. It was conceived by Stephen Wolfram and is developed by Wolfram Research of Champaign, Illinois. The Wolfram Language is the programming language used in Mathematica.

Baruch College students, faculty and staff are eligible to receive a copy of the software. Please read this site for further details.

How to Get Mathematica

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

Computer labs

  • Mathematica is installed in various labs on campus. For complete listing of computer labs available on campus, please visit our Computer Lab Listing.

Computer clusters

  • If you are interested in having Mathematica installed on a dedicated cluster or using Mathematica in a distributed, or ad-hoc, HPC environment, please contact Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research.

Mathematica can also be installed on:

  • Faculty/staff school-owned machines

    FREE—Request Mathematica through the Baruch College Help Desk.

  • Faculty/staff personally owned machines

    FREE—Request Mathematica through this link. Our site license number is L3144-7316.

  • Students' personally owned machines

    FREE—Request Mathematica for Students through this link and download through the Wolfram User Portal. Students must create a Wolfram ID using their Baruchmail account to be granted access.

Are you interested in putting Mathematica elsewhere? Please let IT or Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research know.

First Steps for New Users

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

Step 1

Get a quick overview of Mathematica

First Ten Minutes with Mathematica 8: This screencast provides an overview of the important features that you'll want to explore during your first ten minutes with Mathematica.

Step 2

Watch a tutorial screencast

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.

Step 3

Explore the Learning Center

Learning Center: Browse through this extensive collection of Mathematica tutorials, examples, and other resources to learn more about using Mathematica.

For Teaching

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 commonly used in the following types of departments:

Mathematical Sciences

  • Applied mathematics
  • Operations research
  • Pure mathematics
  • Statistics

 

Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Earth science
  • Experimental physics
  • Materials science
  • Theoretical physics

Business/Finance

  • Financial analysis
  • Actuarial sciences
  • Management science

Life Sciences

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Medical research

Engineering

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Communications engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Nuclear engineering

Computer Sciences

  • Computer engineering
  • Software development
  • Graphics

Resources for educators

For Research

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

For Students

Mathematica for Students has all the functionality and versatility of Mathematica, making it the perfect software to give you the edge in your educational and professional pursuits.

  • Mathematica can help you master concepts, so you'll do better in school (and after graduation).
  • You can use Mathematica for a variety of courses, homework assignments, and projects without needing to buy specialized software for each task.
  • Mathematica requires little time investment to learn, so you can start using it immediately.
  • Using Mathematica means you'll be learning a software that is used by Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, research labs, and universities worldwide.

Resources for Students