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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.

Features include instant dynamic interactivity, high-impact adaptive visualization, symbolic interface construction, load-on-demand curated data, and more.

Is Mathematica available for my machine's operating system?

Mathematica is available for onsite machines running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or Unix. Home-use licenses are available for machines running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. Click here for a complete list of platforms supported.

How do I get a copy of Mathematica?

For Faculty/Staff -Owned Machines (for campus machine, please contact your ITC):

Employees can request a free home-use license for a personally owned machine directly from Wolfram Research by Clicking Here

NOTE: You will need our site license number (L2302-8172)

Where do I find instructions to install Mathematica?

Installation instructions for Mathematica and Network Mathematica can be found below:

How do I get a password for Mathematica?

When you install MathLM, a single-machine Mathematica license, or Mathematica for Students, you need to register your license to receive a password.

Toll free (U.S. and Canada): +1-877-239-7177
Outside the U.S. and Canada: +1-217-398-5151

If installing Mathematica on a personally owned machine, you should use your home-use license number. You'll also need the MathID number that is generated and displayed by the product during the installation process. Tips for locating your MathID number are posted here.

When does my license expire?

Employee-Owned Machines:

To continue to use Mathematica, please fill out the Home-Use License Request Form. After you obtain a password extension, you may continue to use the license until DATE of the following year.

Where can new and existing users learn more about using Mathematica?

Wolfram Mathematica Learning Center

How do you learn to use Mathematica? Find the start you need in the Learning Center.

Online Screencasts

Online videos to help you learn how to incorporate Mathematica into your everyday tasks. Below are several that are great for individuals who are new to Mathematica.

Wolfram Mathematica Documentation Center

Complete documentation on all aspects of Mathematica, including over 50,000 examples

Online Seminars

Free online seminars to learn how to use Mathematica for various tasks

Wolfram Demonstrations Project

An open-code resource of thousands of ready-to-use models

Tutorials from Wolfram Research

Several tutorials are available from Wolfram Research to help you learn the basics of Mathematica, including:

Tutorials Created by ORGANIZATION Employees

Below are tutorials created by ORGANIZATION employees for members of our community:

If you are interested in a more individualized experience, Wolfram Research may be able to arrange a seminar or webcast for your group.

Where can I find additional Mathematica-related resources?

Wolfram Mathematica Player
The free interactive player for Mathematica notebook documents

Mathematica Online Resource Guide
A comprehensive list of Mathematica-related links that includes information on resources, support, training, events, and more

Wolfram Library Archive
A variety of resources for all users such as books, tutorials, courseware, and research papers

Technical FAQs
Find answers to all of your technical questions about Mathematica

Who do I contact with questions about Mathematica licensing?

For California State University, Los Angeles employees:

The ITS Help Desk
Call us: (323) 343-6170
E-mail us:

5151 State University Drive . Los Angeles . CA 90032 . 323-343-3000
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