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Mathmatica is a computational software program used in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields, and well as other areas of technical computing.


Get access to Mathematica Desktop, Mathematica Online, and Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Mathematica is currently installed in the following locations:

Computer labs


To request Mathematica Desktop, Mathematica Online, and Wolfram|Alpha Pro, follow the directions below.


  • Faculty, Staff, & Students Instructions


    1. To Register OR to Sign In:
      1. Go to to create an account.
      2. Enter your Union College Email Address
      3. Agree to the retention of personal data, explained in the privacy policy.
      4. Click "Continue".
      5. If required, check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID.
    2. To download or access online versions of Mathematica:
      Mathematica Desktop / Notebook Mathematica Online

      For all machines:

      1. To download on Windows, Under the Wolfram Mathematica section, click "Download for desktop".
        1. For any other OS, click the arrow at the bottom right, if necessary.
      2. To install:
        1. Run the executable that you have downloaded, and accept any prompt to run the application, if necessary.
        2. Select the destination folder you wish to install Mathematica, then click "Next".
        3. Mathematica will then install.
      1. Go to Mathematica's Homepage and sign in.
      2. Click "Go to Mathematica Online". Your browser will open a new tab that opens to the online site.
      Wolfram|Alpha Pro & Notebook

      For Alpha Pro:​​​​​​

      1. Go to Mathematica's Homepage and sign in. Click "Go to Wolfram|Alpha Pro".
      2. Your browser will open a new tab that opens to the online site.

      For Alpha Notebook:

      1. Go to Mathematica's Homepage and sign in.
      2. Click "Go to the cloud version". Your browser will open a new tab that opens to the online site.
      3. You may also download and install the notebook to your desktop.
        1. Run the executable and accept any 
        2. accept any prompt to run the application, if necessary.
        3. Select the destination folder you wish to install the notebook, then click "Next".
        4. The notebook will then install.



Are you interested in putting Mathematica elsewhere? Please let IT or  Andy Dorsett at Wolfram Research know.



The first four 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 Wolfram Mathematica

This tutorial helps you get started with Mathematica — learn how to create your first notebook, run calculations, generate visualizations, create interactive models, analyze data, and more.

Wolfram|Alpha Pro

  • Tour of Wolfram|Alpha

    New to Wolfram|Alpha? Take a tour to learn what you can do with Wolfram|Alpha and explore additional features you get with Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Teaching with Wolfram Technology


Mathematica offers an interactive classroom experience that helps students explore and grasp concepts, plus gives faculty the tools they need to easily create supporting course materials, assignments, and presentations.

  • Teaching and Learning with Mathematica — Free video course

    Learn 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.

  • Preparing and Giving Presentations

    Learn how to create a slide show presentation that combines graphics, calculations, and nicely formatted text, with live calculations or animations.

  • Wolfram Demonstrations Project

    Download pre-built, open-code examples from a daily-growing collection of interactive visualizations, spanning a remarkable range of topics.

  • Wolfram U Courses on Classroom Resources & Instruction

    Access on-demand and live courses on using Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, and other Wolfram technologies in your classroom.

Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Research with Mathematica

Rather than requiring different toolkits for different jobs, Mathematica integrates the world's largest collection of algorithms, high-performance computing capabilities, and a powerful visualization engine in one coherent system, making it ideal for academic research in just about any discipline.


Resources for researchers

  • Classroom Instruction: Using Wolfram|Alpha — Free video course

    Get an overview of Wolfram|Alpha and learn how to integrate its powerful knowledge into the K-12 classroom. Different ways of accessing Wolfram|Alpha, using prebuilt widgets in your classroom, and resources available to educators will be discussed.

  • Wolfram|Alpha in Your Classroom — Free virtual workshop for educators

    This workshop showed off many exciting new Wolfram|Alpha features for students and teachers. Learn how to use Wolfram|Alpha to inspire authentic learning in your classroom with access to real-world data.

  • Calculus Webinar for Educators — Free video webinar

    Explore functions and their derivatives, integrals and limits using the Wolfram Language. This session shows practice problems with the Wolfram Problem Generator and lesson plans and tips on using Wolfram|Alpha in your calculus classroom.

  • Physics Webinar for Educators — Free video webinar

    Learn about using Wolfram|Alpha for your physics class computations to complement your existing curricula. Interesting blog posts and online resources are shared that help foster curiosity in areas such as mechanics, particle physics, optics and others.

  • Economics Webinar for Educators — Free video webinar

    Access a wide range of socioeconomic and demographic data, currency computations, financial indicators and country data using natural language input. Create stunning visualizations and examine financial equations such as mortgage and annuity through rigorous algorithms.

    • Mathematica: Ultimate Research Environment — Free video course

      Explore Mathematica's high-level and multi-paradigm programming language, support for parallel computing and GPU architectures, built-in functionality for specialized application areas, and multiple publishing and deployment options for sharing your work.

    • Wolfram Language Training Courses — Free video courses

      Explore what's possible with the Wolfram Language, including programming fundamentals and concepts, built-in functions, symbolic expressions, and tips for better, faster coding.

    • Introduction to HPC and Grid Computing — Free video course

      Learn how to create programs that take advantage of multicore machines or available clusters.

    • Field-Specific Applications

      Learn what areas of Mathematica are useful for specific fields.



If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please contact the Help Desk through the ITS Service Catalog or call (518) 388-6400.






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