» Mathematica

Mathematica is a symbolic computation software.

Available To:

Chapman University faculty, students, and staff on:

  • Personally Owned Device or Computer
  • Chapman University-owned computer

How To Get a Copy

The instructions differ depending on whether you're a student, faculty or staff, and if you're using it on a personally-owned device or a Chapman-owned device. Please be sure you're following the correction procedures below.

+ - For Chapman-owned Devices

Contact the IS&T Service Desk by emailing servicedesk@chapman.edu. They will need your  name, email address, contact phone number and computer name.

If you're not sure what your computer name is, follow these instructions:

Mac OS X 10.4 and later:

  • Go to and Launch your System Preferences.
  • Click on the Sharing pane.
  • Your Computer Name is listed at the top of the pane.

Windows 7:

  • Go to and click on the Start Menu
  • Right-click on Computer, and then clicking Properties (the computer icon may be on your desktop)
  • Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, you can find your computer name, and its full computer name if your computer is on a domain.

 Windows 10:

  • On the search field next to the start menu (where it asks “Ask me anything”, type “Computer name.”
  • The search result will show “View your PC name.”  Click on the result and a window will appear with the PC Name.

+ - For Faculty/Staff Personally-owned Devices

Fill out Wolfram's online form to request a home-use license.

+ - For Student Personally-owned Devices

Follow the directions below to download from the Wolfram User Portal.

  1. Create an account (New users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
    2. Fill out form using a @chapman.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
    3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
  2. Request the download and key:
    1. Fill out this form to request an Activation Key
    2. Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
    3. Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
    4. Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt

Additional Resources

Below are various online tutorials and other options available with Mathematica software.

+ - Upgrade to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Faculty, staff, and students can request access to Wolfram|Alpha Pro following the directions below.

  1. Create an account (New users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
    2. Fill out form using a @chapman.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
    3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
  2. Request access to Wolfram|Alpha Pro:
    1. Fill out this form to request access
    2. Go to Wolfram|Alpha and click "Sign in" to access Wolfram|Alpha Pro

+ - Get Mathematica Online

Faculty, staff, and students can request access to Mathematica Online following the directions below.

  1. Create an account (New users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
    2. Fill out form using a @chapman.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
    3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
  2. Request access to Mathematica Online:
    1. Fill out this form to request access
    2. Go to Wolfram Cloud and click "Mathematica Online" to access Mathematica Online

+ - Mathematica Tutorials

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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • How 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.
  • 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.

Resources for researchers:

  • 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.
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License Type:

Chapman has a site license.

Operating Systems supported:

Windows and Mac

Important Note

Once you leave Chapman University, you must remove ALL Site-licensed software from your personal computers.