Funded by the Office of Information Technology, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School, research institutes and other departments, a full site license provides Mathematica to the entire CU System. This includes all students, staff and faculty of CU, including campuses in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder, and including personal computers. Without any individual fee you may download, install and run this all-purpose mathematical software.
How to Get Mathematica
Mathematica is currently installed in computer labs and clusters, but is also available for office and personal computers. To download the Mathematica software and an Activation Key (for licensing):
1. Create an account at the Wolfram User Portal (New users only):
- Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
- Fill out form using a @colorado.edu, cu.edu, cusys.edu, uccs.edu, or ucdenver.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
- Check your email immediately (including your "Junk"
mailbox if you don't see the wolfram.com email
in your Inbox);
in the email message, click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
2. Request the download and key:
- Follow the link and fill out the form to request an Activation Key: Students, Faculty/Staff
- Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
- Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform   (or see download links below)
- Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt
- Repeat step 2a to get another Activation Key for your other computer...
- The University of Colorado'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, please let Paul Fish at Wolfram Research know. (paulfwolfram.com)
- Engineering faculty and students are invited to experiment with a trial version of Wolfram SystemModeler, a modeling/workflow tool which supports the standard Modelica model language, and is fully integrated with Mathematica. (It is roughly comparable to Simulink or MapleSim.) Please inform siteliccolorado.edu if you would support a campuswide license server for Wolfram SystemModeler.
The first two tutorials are excellent for new users, and can be assigned to students as homework to learn Mathematica outside of class time.
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.
What's New in Mathematica 10
Provides examples to help you get started with new functionality in Mathematica 10, including the predictive interface.
- How-To Topics
Access step-by-step instructions ranging from how to create animations to basic syntax information.
- Learning Center
Search Wolfram's large collection of materials for example calculations or tutorials in your field of interest.
Teaching 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.
Resources for educators
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.
To Create a Lecture Slideshow—Video tutorial
Learn how to create a slideshow for class that shows a mixture of graphics, calculations, and nicely formatted text, with live calculations or animations.
Download pre-built, open-code examples from a daily-growing collection of interactive visualizations, spanning a remarkable range of topics.
Training Education Courses
Access on-demand and live courses on Mathematica, SystemModeler, and other Wolfram technologies.
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.
What's new in Mathematica 10
Resources for researchers
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.
HPC and Grid Computing in Education—Video tutorial
Learn how to create programs and take advantage of multi-core machines or a dedicated cluster.
Learn what areas of Mathematica are useful for specific fields.