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UT Tyler Department of Mathematics

Using Mathematica at UT Tyler

What is Mathematica?

Mathematica is the world's most powerful global computing environment. 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 -- and a whole new way of interacting with the world of data.

Getting Mathematica

Mathematica is currently installed in:

  • The Mathematics Learning Center (MLC), RBN 4021
  • RBN 4019
  • RBN 4027
  • The student-athlete lab
  • The Campus Computing Center, BUS 101

Mathematica can also be installed on:

  • Faculty/staff university-owned computers, via IT Support. You may request an activation code after installation from UT Tyler's Site License.
  • Faculty/staff personally-owned machines via a home-use license from Wolfram.

Students have two additional options for purchasing Mathematica:

  • To purchase a discount one-year license (valid through 12/14), visit HiEd.com. The last item in the list under "Save Money" is the $30 student license.
  • Students can buy directly through Wolfram's web store; however, if you are a faculty teaching with Mathematica or you have many students who will be installing Mathematica for a course, contact our sales representative Aaron Pollack.

If you're interested in putting Mathematica elsewhere, contact IT or Aaron Pollack.

Mathematica in a University setting

Mathematica has a tremendous amount of uses, including:

  • Lecture presentations
  • Writing journal articles
  • Student lab reports
  • Sample quiz
  • Sample lab exercise
  • Sample article
  • Sample course text
  • Link to "courseware" (Get ideas for using Mathematica in different disciplines here.)

What are the best steps to start using Mathematica?

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

Students

  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 Project, MathWorld and the Library Archive.
  4. Assign the above steps in the student section to your classes as homework.
  5. Sign up for the faculty program.

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.
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