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Mathematica For Beginners or Students Edition

Updated on December 29, 2010

What is Mathematica?

If you are in a technical field then Mathematica is a must for you. This is just not computational software but is very useful for visualization, modeling, simulation, documentation, development and deployment.  Since all of these modules are built into one software platform there is no need to use multiple programs.

The program was originally the brain child of Stephen Wolfram and he now has the company Wolfram Research which continues to bring out new versions of the program. They have also brought us the world’s first computational search engine. You have to try it out if you have not already.

Mathematica Model
Mathematica Model

Mathematica is supported on a variety of operating systems. The newest version, Mathematica 7, runs flawlessly on the following operating systems: Linux, Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Sun Solaris. The earlier versions of Mathematica run on the following less popular operating systems: Windows ME, Ultrix, OS/2, NeXTSTEP, MS DOS, IRIX, HP-UX, Convex and AIX.

There are four different types licenses of Mathematica available.

  • Mathematica Home Edition - $295.00. The Home Edition is a very inexpensive version of Mathematica and allows you to explore the tool. If you are using the software for research or your job you may want to purchase Mathematica Professional.
  • Mathematica Professional Edition - $1,095.00. The Professional Edition has the entire Mathematica computational environment at your finger tips.
  • Mathematica Student Edition: The Student Edition has the same feature set as the Professional Edition but at a fraction of the price. However, you must be a student to qualify for the discount.
  • Mathematica for the Classroom. Mathematica for the Classroom allows professors and teachers to easily conduct classroom presentations, create tests and homework for your students.


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