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Mathematica FAQs

What is Mathematica?

Mathematica is 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.

Features include instant dynamic interactivity, high-impact adaptive visualization, symbolic interface construction, load-on-demand curated data, and more.

Is Mathematica available for my machine's operating system?

Mathematica is available for onsite machines running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or Unix. Home-use licenses are available for machines running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. View a complete list of platforms supported.

How do I get a copy of Mathematica?

Computer Lab Machines:

Mathematica is currently available on all Desktop @ UCL machines in cluster rooms.

Onsite, Employee and Student Machines:

Our site license enables you to use Mathematica for teaching or academic research projects. Employees or students can download the installation media at the Mathematica page. 

Where do I find instructions to install Mathematica?

Installation instructions for Mathematica and Network Mathematica can be found below:

How do I get a password for Mathematica?

When you install MathLM, a single-machine Mathematica license, or Mathematica for Students, you need to register your license to receive a password.

Web: Product Registration.
Email: Register Wolfram.

To obtain a password for your work machine, you'll need our site license number which can be found on the Mathematica page. If installing Mathematica on a personally owned machine, you should use your home-use license number. You'll also need the MathID number that is generated and displayed by the product during the installation process. Tips for locating your MathID number.

When does my license expire?

Your Mathematica license expires each year in October. To continue using Mathematica, follow the instructions below:

Go to User Wolfram and enter our site licence number. Complete the form including the MathID of your computer and a UCL email address.

Where can I find documentation for Mathematica?

Full information on the functions, capabilities, and unified structure of the Mathematica system is available online through the Wolfram Mathematica Documentation Center.

What other benefits are included with our site license?

Mathematica Player Pro

Mathematica Player Pro allows non-Mathematica-users to run any program or application created in Mathematica. Complimentary copies of Mathematica Player Pro are available for use on computers that are owned by and located at UCL, or employee-owned computers. Employees may obtain Player Pro online using our site license number from the Mathematica page.

wolfram Workbench

Wolfram Workbench is an integrated development environment (IDE) for building large-scale technical solutions with Mathematica. If you want to develop code written in the Mathematica language, you can request a free copy of Wolfram Workbench using our site license number from the Mathematica page

webMathematica Amateur

webMathematica Amateur allows you to create websites where users can compute and visualize results directly from a web browser. A limited number of webMathematica Amateur licenses are available for those who wish to showcase their work over the web. To request a license, please contact Mathematica Support.

The Mathematica Journal

Free online access to The Mathematica Journal is available through Wolfram Premier Support. Enter our site license number from the Mathematica page and click on the link to The Mathematica Journal on this page to read current and past issues posted online.

Where can new and existing users learn more about using Mathematica?

Wolfram Mathematica Learning Center

How do you learn to use Mathematica? Find the start you need in the Learning Center.

Online Screencasts

Online videos to help you learn how to incorporate Mathematica into your everyday tasks. The screencasts available below are great for individuals who are new to Mathematica.

Wolfram Mathematica Documentation Center

Complete documentation on all aspects of Mathematica, including over 50,000 examples

Online Seminars

Free online seminars to learn how to use Mathematica for various tasks

Wolfram Demonstrations Project

An open-code resource of thousands of ready-to-use models

Tutorials from Wolfram Research

Several tutorials are available from Wolfram Research to help you learn the basics of Mathematica. If you are interested in a more individualized experience, Wolfram Research may be able to arrange a seminar or webcast for your group.

Where can I find additional Mathematica-related resources?

Find answers to all of your technical questions about Mathematica

Who do I contact with questions about Mathematica licensing?

Contact the ISD IT Supplier and Asset Management Team.