Mathematica: General Information

License Information

Software licensed under this agreement may be used solely for the use or support of instruction and academic research.  It may be installed and used/accessed by all Duke faculty, staff, and students an an unlimited number of computers that are owned or leased by Duke and normally located in a Duke-owned facility.  Nonstudent faculty and staff at Duke may install and use the software on personally-owned, Duke-dedicated computers.

Students may install and use the student version on personally-owned, Duke-dedicated computers.

The site license is funded by OIT and distributed to the Duke community at no cost.

Support Information

Duke is a premier service subscriber, and support is provided by Wolfram for Faculty, Staff, and Students.  Students may not contact Wolfram Support by telephone.  The OIT Service desk does not provide product support for Mathematica.

Official Product Sites:

If you are brand-new to Mathematica, below are some suggestions on the best ways to get started.


  1. Watch the “Hands-On Start to Mathematica” tutorial screencast.
  2. Explore the Learning Center for topics relevant to your interests.
  3. Launch Mathematica, open the Classroom Assistant, and perform your first few computations.
  4. You’re now ready for the projects that faculty will assign.

Teaching Faculty

  1. Sign up for the “Overview of Mathematica for Education” seminar.
  2. Explore the Learning Center for topics relevant to your interests.
  3. Find some prebuilt examples and courseware from the Demonstrations ProjectMathWorld, and the Library Archive.
  4. Assign the above steps in the student section to your classes as homework.

Research Faculty

  1. Sign up for the “Overview of Mathematica for Education” seminar.
  2. Take other seminars relevant to your work.
  3. Explore the Learning Center for topics relevant to your interests.
  4. Go to the Demonstrations Project site to see what’s possible.
  5. Go to the Library Archive for additional resources.

How to Get Mathematica

Visit the OIT site and navigate to the software licensing section: 

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.

  • Hands-on Start to Wolfram Mathematica and Programming with the Wolfram Language (book)

    Learn Mathematica at your own pace from authors with 50+ years of combined Mathematica experience—with hands-on examples, end-of-chapter exercises, and authors’ tips that introduce you to the breadth of Mathematica with a focus on ease of use.

  • 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.

    • Learn how to create a slideshow for class that shows a mixture of graphics, calculations, and nicely formatted text, with live calculations or animations.

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

  • Access on-demand and live courses on Mathematica, SystemModeler, and other Wolfram technologies.

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.

  • Utilizing HPC and Grid Computing—Free video course

    Learn how to create programs that take advantage of multicore machines or available clusters.

  • Field-Specific Applications

    Learn what areas of Mathematica are useful for specific fields.

List of Licensed Products

Full Versions:

  • Mathematica
  • Mathematica Online
  • Wolfram|Alpha Pro for Educators
  • gridMathematica Server
  • Lightweight Grid Manager
  • MathLM
  • Mathematica Lab Version
  • Network Mathematica
  • Time Series
  • Finance Essentials
  • Parallel Computing Toolkit
  • Mathematica Player Pro Home Use
  • Mathematica Home Use
  • webMathematica Site Amateur (by request only)
  • Lightweight Grid Manager Home use (by request only)
  • Wolfram Workbench Home Use (by request only)
Student versions:
  • Mathematica for Students
  • Mathematica Online
  • Wolfram|Alpha Pro for Students
  • Lightweight Grid Manager