What Is Mathematica?

Mathematica is a computational software program used in various courses here at UMW.  Our current license agreement allows current faculty, students and staff to download and install Mathematica on university-owned as well as personally-owned machines.

Take a Quick Tour of Mathematica.  Additional support resources are listed below.

For more information, visit the Mathematica website at

How to Get Mathematica at UMW

Mathematica is currently installed on all UMW classroom and lab computers. 

Additionally, we can also install it on:

    • Faculty/staff university-owned machines

      Contact the Help Desk ( or 540-654-2255) to request installation of this software on university-owned machines.

    • Personally owned machines

      FREE — Browse to and enter your UMW email address.  You will be presented with the products to which you have access.  If any items require a license key, that information will be included in the subsequent instructions.

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.
    • How To Topics
      Access step-by-step instructions ranging from how to create animations to basic syntax information.
    • Mathematica Resources
      Browse Wolfram’s large collection of learning materials and support resources.

Resources for educators

    • Mathematica for Teaching and Education—Free video courseLearn 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.
    • How To Create a Lecture Slideshow—Video tutorialLearn how to create a slideshow for class that shows a mixture of graphics, calculations, and nicely formatted text, with live calculations or animations.