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Mathematica & Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram Mathematica is a modern technical computing system spanning most areas of technical computing — including neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science, visualizations, and others. The system is used in many technical, scientific, engineering, mathematical, and computing fields.

Wolfram|Alpha is a computational knowledge engine or answer engine. It is an online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from externally sourced "curated data", rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer as a search engine might.

Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha are provided to all faculty, students, and researchers under a campus-wide license covering academic and research usage.

Accessing via Computer Labs

Mathematica is installed in all Engineering academic computer labs, and is available to install on any university-owned computer via Software Center.

Installing Mathematica onto personal computers

Mathematica is available for anyone at Drexel to install on their personal computers. Faculty or researchers installing onto university-owned computers should also use this method to run Mathematica, as it alleviates the need to connect to Drexel's VPN to access the license server.

  1. Create an account (New users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
    2. Fill out form using a @drexel.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
    3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
  2. Request access to the product:
    • Mathematica for personally-owned computers
    • Mathematica for university-owned computers
  3. Click the "Product Summary page" link to access your license
  4. Click "Get Downloads" and select "Download" next to your platform
  5. Run the installer on your machine, and enter Activation Key at prompt

Accessing Wolfram|Alpha

  1. Create an account (New users only):
    1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click "Create Account"
    2. Fill out form using a @drexel.edu email, and click "Create Wolfram ID"
    3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
  2. Request access to the product:
  3. Go to Wolfram|Alpha and click "Sign in" to access Wolfram|Alpha Pro