Information and Technology

Mathematica Now Available for Student Computers

Story posted September 15, 2009

IT is pleased to announce that it has expanded its licensing with Wolfram (makers of Mathematica) to include student licensing.  This means that students may now download the program to their personal computers. Mathematica is a powerful computational tool used in the sciences, and is available for Mac, Windows and Linux. Students may obtain their software by visiting the IT Software Page and following the instructions for download and installation.

In support of the new Mathematica site license, Kelvin Mischo from Wolfram Research will present a talk about Mathematica 7 on Tuesday, September 22nd at 4:15 pm in Searles 217. The seminar will be delivered using Mathematica and will present valuable teaching and research examples in mathematics, the physical sciences, economics, and business. Ideas for creating universal examples in Mathematica that can be used by colleagues or students with no prior Mathematica experience will be a central theme of the presentation.

The seminar will also showcase the new aspects of Mathematica 7 and how they complement more traditional approaches to using Mathematica. Prior Mathematica knowledge is not required, and topics will be appropriate for beginner to intermediate Mathematica users. Advanced users will also appreciate learning about the new capabilities of Version 7.

The power and usefulness of Mathematica at Bowdoin has been greatly increased by our new license agreement. In particular, all students can now download Mathematica onto their own computers. In the past, students wanting to use the program had to go to a campus computing facility; clearly most would do so only if it was a true necessity. Now, with Mathematica literally at their fingertips at all times, our students can use the application in many more situations, and should develop a far greater proficiency with this powerful tool. Encourage your students to download Mathematica and use its power in their mathematics, science, and social science courses.
— William Barker, Isaac Henry Wing Professor of Mathematics