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Mathematica and WolframAlpha Pro

Ideal for use in engineering, mathematics, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, and a wide range of other fields, Mathematica 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 Access Mathematica and WolframAlpha Pro

Find and use Mathematica on public computers in labs and kiosks on campus. Contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or via chat to install Mathematica or WolframAlpha Pro on department computers.

Boise State’s Mathematica license can be used for grid computing.

If you are interested in using Mathematica for parallel computing on a dedicated cluster, or in a distributed grid environment, contact the Help Desk.

How to Use Mathematica

Learn Mathematica

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.
  • Learning Center: Search Wolfram’s large collection of materials for example calculations or tutorials in your field of interest.

Teach with 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 for Teaching and Education (free video course): Learn how to make your classroom dynamic with interactive models, explore computation and visualization capabilities in Mathematica that make it useful for teaching practically any subject at any level, and get best-practice suggestions for course integration.
  • Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Download pre-built, open-code examples from a daily-growing collection of interactive visualizations, spanning a remarkable range of topics.

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.

  • 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.
  • Field-Specific Applications: Learn what areas of Mathematica are useful for specific fields.


Need Assistance?

For more information, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357,, chat, or Help Desk Self Service.

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