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What is Mathematica?

Mathematica is widely used in engineering, mathematics, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, and a wide range of other fields. It provides a wide variety of tools for analysis, simulation and visualization.

Getting Mathematica...

Mathematica is currently installed in several labs across campus. Check with the administrators (listed below) for details.

Mathematica can also be installed on:

  • Faculty/staff school-owned machines: Installers are available; contact Jong Kim (jkim@eiu.edu) or Andrew Mertz (andrew.e.mertz@gmail.com).
  • Faculty/staff personally-owned machines: Installers are available here.
  • Students' personally-owned machines: Students can purchase discounted licenses directly from Wolfram Research.

Are you interested in putting Mathematica elsewhere? Please let Jong Kim (jkim@eiu.edu) or our Wolfram representative, Justin Smith (justinsmith@wolfram.com), know.

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.
  5. Sign up for the Faculty Program.

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.