Mathematica at Alfred University

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

Computer labs

Computer clusters

  • Grid computing is possible through Alfred University's Mathematica license. If you are interested in doing parallel computing on a dedicated research cluster, or in an ad-hoc or distributed grid environment, please let Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research know.

Mathematica can also be installed on:

  • Faculty/staff school-owned machines
  • FREE—Request Mathematica and download through the Wolfram User Portal.

  • Faculty/staff personally owned machines
  • FREE—Request Mathematica from Wolfram User Portal. Our site license number is L3321-2381.

  • Students' personally owned machines
  • FREE—Request Mathematica for Students and download through the Wolfram User Portal.

Are you interested in putting Mathematica elsewhere? Please let the ITS Help Desk or Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research know.

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.

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


  • Financial analysis
  • Actuarial sciences
  • Management science

Life sciences

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


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

Computer sciences

  • Computer engineering
  • Software development
  • Graphics

Resources for educators

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 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

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