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Mathematica is the premier all-purpose mathematical software package, for doing symbolic math, numerical calculations, graphics, programming, documenting, and displaying work.

OS: MacOS Windows Linux
Affiliation: Faculty Staff Students


CU AffiliationMathematica Eligibility
Faculty & Staff
Anschutz, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver


What the software can be used for:

  • Academic teaching & learning
  • Academic research directly related to student instruction 

What the software cannot be used for:

  • Commercial purposes (for profit)
  • Academic research not directly related to student instruction
  • Non-academic research
  • Administrative (university business)

Where the software can be installed

  • University-owned computers and personally owned devices

Cost: Free

How to get it

  • Follow the instructions on the Wolfram Activation Key Request form to get Mathematica.
  • You will need a Wolfram ID. If you don’t have an ID, you will have an opportunity to create one. 
  • If you’re looking for a network license, select Product = “Network Mathematica for Sites (MathLM)” on the request form and enter the number of concurrent connections (“controlling processes”). 

Documentation and Support

  • Wolfram Alpha is the free online service which attempts to answer factual queries directly by computing the answer from externally sourced "curated data". It is based on Mathematica and automatically accesses many internet databases.
  • Wolfram Alpha Pro is now included in CU’s Wolfram license.
  • Wolfram System Modeler is a modeling/workflow and simulation environment, supporting the standard Modelica model language, and fully integrated with Mathematica. System Modeler is not included in CU’s license and requires an additional purchase from Wolfram by interested users.



•    Hands-on Start to Mathematica: Video covering the basics.
•    Utilizing HPC and Grid Computing: creating programs using multi-core machines or a dedicated cluster.
•    Mathematica: A Speed Date: A quick presentation showing seven different application projects, illustrating several advanced uses of Mathematica.


Archived Demonstrations

  • Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Download pre-built, open-code examples from a growing collection of interactive visualizations, spanning a remarkable range of topics.

Archived Notebooks

  • Notebook archive: interactive, computational notebooks available to everyone, created by the Wolfram Notebook user community.

Archived Data

  • With support from the Sloan foundation, the Wolfram foundation is building up a public archive of mathematics which can be used by anyone -- especially Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha

Technical Support

For technical support, contact Wolfram Support