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What is Mathematica?

Mathematica is a powerful global computing environment ideal for use in many science and technology fields, including mathematics. Mathematica allows for automation in algorithmic computation, interactive manipulation, and dynamic presentation, as well as allowing for interacting with the world of data. ESU students, faculty, and staff have access to Mathematica.

Computer Labs

Mathematica is currently installed in all general and public labs on campus.

How to Get Mathematica?

If you are an ESU student, and you want to request Mathematica Desktop, Mathematica Online, and Wolfram|Alpha Pro, follow these directions:

  1. Create an account (new users only):
    • Go to and click "Create Account"
    • Fill out form using a email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
    • Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
  2. Once you have an account, you can request access to the product:
    • Mathematica Desktop (for a personally owned machine):
      • 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
    • Mathematica Online
    • Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Computer Clusters

The Mathematica license at ESU allows for parallel computing both on dedicated research clusters and in ad-hoc, or distributed, grid environments. For more details, please contact Andy Dorsett of Wolfram Research at

Tutorials and Resources

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
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 11
Provides a list of new functionality in Mathematica 11, 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.

Hands-on Start to Mathematica Online
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.

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.

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.