How do I Install and Use Mathematica?

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All faculty, staff and students have the ability to install and use Mathematica.

TECH TIP: Mathematica 13.2 is available to use virtually on Horizon without installing it on your computer. For more information, review the article How do I Install and Configure Horizon?


Install Mathematica


Computer Labs and Student Workstations

To install Mathematica in a computer lab or on a student workstation, please submit a service request.

Faculty and Staff UNCW-Owned Computers

Install Mathematica from the Software Center (Windows) or Self-Service (Mac). For more information, review the article How do I Use Software Center (Windows) and Self Service (Mac) on my UNCW-owned Computer?

Faculty and Staff Personally-Owned Computers

To install Mathematica on a personally-owned faculty or staff computer, please request a home-use license from Wolfram.

Student Personally-Owned Computer

  1. If you don't already have a Wolfram ID, create one on the Wolfram website using your UNCW email address (e.g.,
  2. Check your email for an email from Wolfram, and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID.
  3. Request an activation key on the Wolfram website.
  4. Select the "Product Summary page" link to access your license.
  5. Select "Get Downloads," and then select "Download" next to the version of Mathematica for your operating system.
  6. Install Mathematica and enter your activation key obtained in step 4 when prompted.

Use, Research and Teach with Mathematica


TECH TIP: The first 3 tutorials are excellent for new users and can be assigned to students as homework to learn Mathematica outside of class time.

Teaching with Mathematica

TECH TIP: Mathematica offers an interactive classroom experience that helps students explore and grasp concepts. It also 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.
  • 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

TECH TIP: Rather than requiring different tool kits 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.

If you need further assistance, please submit a service request or CHAT with TAC.
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