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How to Get Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica
For new accounts and software downloads, log into the following College of Engineering page using your Drexel credentials:
For help with first time registration and installation contact Wolfram Tech Support at http://www.wolfram.com/support/contact
Faculty may contact Drexel University Online's Learning Technology Group for more about interactive visualizations for instruction.
Contact the Liaison Librarians listed on the side of this page to get an introductory orientation to using Wolfram tools.
Wolfram Alpha's Popular Features
FYI - The Practice Problem Generator and Step-by-Step Solutions require Drexel-affiliated users to sign into their WolframAlpha Pro account.
Load your own image files to explore the analysis, filtering, processing and effects available.
Load a variety of file formats including audio, chemical, medical and scientific to explore options available.
Load your own time series, statistical, geographic or other data to analyze with Wolfram Alpha processes.
Wolfram Alpha in your Discipline
Use Cases Overview
About Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Alpha is called a “computational knowledge engine” that supplies curated structured data via web search or API and supplies the data licensed to Apple behind its Siri product.
STEP ONE: Get Acquainted with Wolfram Alpha
- Wolfram Alpha is called a “computational knowledge engine” that supplies curated, structured data via web search or API. It is the data licensed to Apple for Siri.
- Browse a few topical areas in their EXAMPLES that are familiar to you to get a sense of the types of data it contains and the mathematical operations it can perform on these data.
STEP TWO: Create a Wolfram Account (New users only)
1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click “Create Account”
2. Fill out form using a @drexel.edu email, and click “Create Wolfram ID”
3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID
STEP THREE: Explore "Step by Step" Math Solutions
See this page for more information on this feature that permits students to cross-check intermediate steps for even the most sophisticated math problems.
STEP FOUR: Sample Problem Generator
Generate unique sample problems within specialized areas of mathematics to quiz yourself on areas where you need practice.
STEP FIVE: YouTube Videos or Hands On Lab Demonstration
Check out some videos online. Or if you prefer, contact the librarians listed in the right-hand panel of this guide to schedule an orientation or hands-on lab demonstration.
Faculty should contact the DUO Learning Technology Group listed in the first box above to explore how to use this for classroom instruction.
How To Cite Wolfram Alpha Data
Publisher: Wolfram Alpha LLC
URL: (The exact URL for your query string)
Retrieval date: (The date that you performed your query)
A sample citation would be:
Wolfram Alpha LLC. 2016. Wolfram|Alpha. http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=2%2B2 (access June 10, 2016).
See the Purdue OWL page on citing electronic sources for further APA and MLA guidance about citing data.
(Note: MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations.)
See this WolframAlpha FAQ for further information about the sources and peer-reviewed status of the WolframAlpha data.
About Wolfram Mathematica
Mathematica is a symbolic computation platform that is used across many engineering fields for data processing and visualizations among other things. It employs high-level commands that more closely resemble scripting than conventional programming. The publicly available "lite" version, Wolfram CDF Player, is provided for running Mathematica programs and interactive visualizations that have been saved in the Computable Document Format (CDF). See elsewhere on this page for details on how to get the full Drexel site-licensed "author-ware" version of Mathematica for coding original work.
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