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Download, Install, and Activate Mathematica on Student Personal Computers

Introduction

Mathematica is a software package which is ideal for communicating scientific ideas, whether this is visualization of a concept in an intro-level course, or creating a simulation of a new idea related to research. Mathematica is used in virtually all of the world’s top universities and colleges, and is commonly used in the following types of departments – Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Business and Finance, Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science.

Wolfram|Alpha Pro is an engine for computing answers and providing knowledge. It works by using its vast store of expert-level knowledge and algorithms to automatically answer questions, do analysis, and generate reports. Wolfram|Alpha’s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge computable and broadly accessible.

Procedure

Downloading Mathematica

  1. Go to https://user.wolfram.com/portal/requestAK/c237e4c3027ba18a1379220b45dfe07653aba072.
     
  2. On the Wolfram User Portal webpage:
     
    1. If you have a Wolfram ID and know your password, enter your Wolfram ID and Password under Log in with Wolfram ID. Click on Sign In to continue.
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    2. If you do not know your password, click on Forgot your password and follow the instructions on the subsequent webpages.
       
    3. If you do not have a Wolfram ID, click on Create Account under Don’t have a Wolfram ID?.
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    4. Fill in the requested information in the fields under Wolfram Activation Key Request Form and click Submit when done.
      Note: You must use your @uwyo.edu email address.
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  3. On the Your Activation Key Has Been Created page, you will see your Activation Key (in red). This key will also be sent to your email address that you logged in with.
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  4. Above the Activation Key, in the sentence “To download the installer(s) for this product, continue to the Product Summary page.” Click on the Product Summary page link.
     
  5. On the Mathematica for Students for Sites page, you will find your activation key in the center of the page. The status will say “Awaiting Activation” until it has been entered during the program installation. Click on the “How does activation work?” link for more information.
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  6. At the bottom of the screen under Downloads, select the platform you want to download the product for, and click on the Download button.
     
  7. In the Download File Information box, click on the Start Download button to begin the download.
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Installing Mathematica on a Mac

  1. Locate the file you downloaded from Wolfram.
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  2. For Mac, double click the file to download the installer. Locate and double click the installer to mount the image.
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  3. In the Wolfram Mathematica 9 window, click on the Mathematica icon and drag it into the Applications folder to the right.
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  4. Go to your Applications folder and double click the Mathematica icon.
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  5. In the “Mathematica” is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it? window, click Open.
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  6. In the Wolfram Mathematica 9 window, type or paste in the activation key you received in email in the Activation Key box, and click Activate.
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  7. If your activation was successful, in the Read the Mathematica License Agreement window, read the agreement. Check the box next to “I accept the terms of this agreement” and click OK.
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  8. Mathematica will launch for use.
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  9. Double click on Extras.pkg to install the browser plugin and Spotlight plugin.
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  10. In the Welcome to Mathematica Extras Installer window, click Continue.
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  11. In the Standard Install on “Macintosh HD” window, click Install.
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  12. If prompted, enter the Name and Password of the administrator account on your computer, and click on Install Software.
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  13. In the The installation was completed successfully window, click Close.
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Installing Mathematica on a PC

  1. Locate the file you downloaded from Wolfram. Double click it to launch the installation.
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  2. If you receive an Open File – Security Warning window asking if you want to run the file, click on the Run button.
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  3. In the Wolfram Mathematica Setup window, click Next.
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  4. In the Destination Location window, select the location for installing Mathematica and click Next.
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  5. In the Select Components window, click Next.
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  6. In the Start Menu Folder window, click Next.
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  7. In the Ready to Install window, click Install.
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  8. In the Completing the Wolfram Mathematica installation window, click Finish.
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Activating Mathematica on a PC

  1. Locate the Wolfram Mathematica program on your PC and launch the file.
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  2. In the Activate Mathematica online window, enter your activation key and click Activate.
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  3. In the Mathematica License Agreement window, read the Mathematica License Agreement, check the box by “I accept the terms of this agreement”, and click OK to launch the program.
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Reviewed: 0213 By: JB

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