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What is Mathematica?

Mathematica 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. 


How to Get Mathematica...

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

Computer labs

  • All public and general labs

Computer clusters

  • The Mathematica license at Bowie State University allows for grid computing for dedicated research clusers or in an-hoc, or distributed grid environments. To get started, please contact Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research.

Mathematica can also be installed on:

  • Campus machines
    Follow the directions below to download software from Wolfram and request the appropriate activation key.
    1. Create an account (New users only):
      • Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
      • Fill out a form using a @bowiestate.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
      • Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID

    2. Request the download and key:
      • Fill out this form to request an Activation Key
      • Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
      • Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
      • Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt
  • Faculty/staff school-owned machines
    Fill out this form to request a home-use license from Wolfram

  • Students' personally-owned machines
    Follow the directions below to download from the Wolfram User Portal.
    1. Create an account (New users only):
      • Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
      • Fill out a form using a @bowiestate.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
      • Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID

    2. Request the download and key:
      • Fill out this form to request an Activation Key
      • Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
      • Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
      • Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt


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


Mathematica Tutorials


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 (videos)
    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.

  • 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.


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


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.

  • 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.