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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.

Getting Mathematica

Mathematica is currently installed in the following computer labs:

  • Library Lab 112
  • Library Laptops
  • Library Reference Area
  • MCT 054 (Public Lab)
  • MCT 158 (Public Lab)
  • MCT 263 (Mathematics Lab)
  • Franklin Science Center (FSC) 202
  • Franklin Science Center (FSC) 206
  • Franklin Science Center (FSC) 208
  • Franklin Science Center (FSC) 216

Mathematica can also be installed on:

  • Faculty/staff university machines:  Installation is available by contacting our faculty/staff helpdesk by dialing HELP (x4357).
  • Faculty/staff personally-owned machines:  Installers are available from the Wolfram web site by clicking here.
  • Students' personally-owned machines:  Students can download Mathematica for Students by following the instructions listed below.

Installing Mathematica for Students

Mathematica is available for use by Shippensburg University students on home or personal computers.  Please follow the instructions below to download and install Mathematica for Students.

  1. Click on the links below to download the version of Mathematica for your operating system.  When prompted for a username and password, type your Ship e-mail address and password.
              Mathematica 9.0.1 for Students - Windows
              .EXE File - 1.29 GB
              Mathematica 9.0.1 for Students - Mac OS X
              .DMG File - 1.37 GB
              Mathematica 9.0.1 for Students - Linux
              .SH File - 1.75 GB
  2. When the file is downloaded, run the setup program by double-clicking on it (on Windows, this is Mathematica_9.0.1_Student_WIN.exe).
  3. Follow the installation instructions presented on screen.  No changes to the installation options are necessary in most cases.  The installation process can take up to 10-20 minutes to complete.
  4. Click on the button below to visit the Wolfram User Portal to obtain your Activation Key.
    Request License
    When prompted, enter your name, e-mail address and platform you are installing on. You MUST use a university e-mail address ( for your key to be issued. Your activation key will be sent via e-mail.
  5. Launch Mathematica by going to Start > Programs > Wolfram Mathematica > Wolfram Mathematica 8 for Students.
  6. When prompted, enter the Activation Key that you received in step 4.  Click on Activate.
  7. Read the Mathematica License Agreement and checkmark the I accept... box.  Then click OK.  You are now ready to start using Mathematica!

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.


  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 ProjectMathWorld, 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.