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Mathematica by Wolfram Research, Inc.

What is it? Mathematica is computational software used in science, engineering, finance and other areas of computing that require mathematics. The Mathematica system is now based on the Wolfram Language which is a knowledge-based symbolic language that grew out of the Mathematica Language. The Wolfram Language provides an extensive collection of more than 5,000 mathematical functions that support a wide range of symbolic operations as well as efficient numerical evaluation. Mathematica uses the Wolfram Notebook interface which allows you to organize everything you do in documents that contain text, runnable code, dynamic graphics and user interfaces.

What can I use if for? Students, faculty, and staff can use Mathematica for university-related academic or administrative purposes. Use that benefits outside organizations requires the purchase of a commercial license.

Where can I run it? Mathematica is available at no additional charge to faculty, staff and students at UTK, UTSI for installation on university-owned and personally-owned Windows, Mac and Linux computers. Each UT campus maintains its own download and installation instructions. The download and installation instructions for UTK are on OIT’s software download site. For UTK, Mathematica is also available on OIT’s Apps@UT server, the Newton Linux Cluster and on the computers in the OIT public computer labs. There is no simultaneous user limit for Mathematica.

How can I learn it? For UTK, OIT offers a Mathematica workshop each semester. You can schedule a one-on-one tutorial any time by calling the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900. The Mathematica Learning Center provides an extensive collection of Mathematica tutorials, examples, and other resources to learn about Mathematica. Use the Wolfram Mathematica Documentation Center to learn Mathematica using the definitive guide that covers all functions and provides extensive tutorials and examples. It also provides How Tos which describe how to carry out tasks with step-by-step instructions. The Lynda.com online training library also offers Mathematica training videos for the UT community.

Where can I get support? OIT offers Full Support for Mathematica. For assistance, contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900. The Wolfram support page has links to Documentation and How Tos, Support Articles and the Wolfram Community. UT is a Premier Service subscriber which means you have telephone and email access to Wolfram experts who can help with Mathematica programming. For Advanced Technical Support, call (217) 398-6500 or submit a message form.


Updated 5/25/2016

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