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Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Mathematica is now available in downloadable “Desktop” and cloud-hosted “Online” versions. Both are included in Bryn Mawr’s license.

  • Mathematica Desktop is installed on all Bryn Mawr public library computers and many departmental teaching and lab machines.
  • To access Mathematica Online, Wolfram|Alpha Pro or install Mathematica Desktop on other machines, please follow the directions for Getting Access below.
  • Bryn Mawr’s Mathematica license allows parallel computing on dedicated research clusters and in ad-hoc or distributed grid environments. For details, please contact Andy Dorsett at adorsett@wolfram.com.
  • Need help, advice, or inspiration? See Tutorials and Support, Resources for Teachers, and Resources for Researchers for links to tutorials and other support resources.

Getting Access

Step 1: Get a Wolfram ID (new users only)

  1. Go to user.wolfram.com and click Create Account
  2. Fill out the form using your brynmawr.edu email address and click Create Wolfram ID.
  3. Check your email and click the link to validate your Wolfram ID

Step 2: Use Wolfram ID to get Account or Activation Key

Mathematica Online

  1. Request a Mathematica Online account
  2. Go to Mathematica Online and sign in.

Mathematica Desktop

  1. Request an Activation Key for one of the following:
  2. Click the Product Summary page link to access your license.
  3. Click Get Downloads and select Download next to your platform.
  4. Run the installer and enter the Activation Key when prompted.

If you are a faculty member and need to install Mathematica on a personally owned computer, request a home-use license

Wolfram|Alpha Pro

  1. Request a Wolfram|Alpha Pro account.
  2. Go to Wolfram|Alpha and sign in.

Tutorials and Support

Mathematica

Wolfram|Alpha Pro

  • Tour of Wolfram|AlphaNew to Wolfram|Alpha? Learn what you can do with it and explore additional features it gives you.

Resources for Teachers

Mathematica

  • Teaching and Learning with Mathematica(free video course). Learn how to make your classroom dynamic using interactive models, explore computation and visualization capabilities in Mathematica and get best-practice suggestions for course integration.
  • Preparing and Giving Presentations. Learn how to create a slideshow 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 growing collection of interactive visualizations on an extensive range of topics.

Wolfram|Alpha Pro

  • Classroom Instruction: Using Wolfram|Alpha(free video course). Get an overview of Wolfram|Alpha, different ways of accessing it and using prebuilt widgets in a course, and resources available to educators.
  • Wolfram|Alpha in Your Classroom(free virtual workshop). A showcase of new Wolfram|Alpha features for students and teachers and how teachers are using it to inspire authentic learning 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. Shows practice problems with the Wolfram Problem Generator and lesson plans and tips on using Wolfram|Alpha in your calculus course.
  • Physics Webinar for Educators(free video webinar). Learn about using Wolfram|Alpha for your physics class computations to complement your existing curricula. Includes blog posts and online resources 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.

Resources for Researchers

  • 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.

Obtaining ChemDraw

Current faculty, staff and students of Bryn Mawr College have the ability to obtain ChemDraw free of charge as part of a Bryn Mawr site license. This applies only to current College affiliates with a valid Bryn Mawr e-mail address. This software via download is available both for Windows and for macOS. This download should not be used for College classrooms and teaching labs. If you need it installed in one of these locations, please call x7440 and request a software install. Click on the following link to go to the ChemDraw download page (you must be using Firefox for Mac or Windows or Internet Explorer for Windows):

ChemDraw Site License Page

You will be asked to enter your Bryn Mawr e-mail address. On the next page, click “Continue”.

You will be asked to create an account. Unless you already have a ChemStore account, click “Become a Member”. You may need to use IE or Firefox rather than Chrome with this site. Please remember during the account creation to use your Bryn Mawr e-mail address only.

Download the software and the manual PDF, and install as instructed. You will receive an e-mail with the necessary serial number information to allow you to complete the install.

Installing Read&Write Software

Read&Write software is free for current community members to download and install on any College- or personally-owned computer or tablet. It is highly recommended to use the Chrome extension of Read & Write.

To install Read&Write:

Read&Write Chrome Extension

  1. Open Google Chrome and navigate to the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Enter “read and write” in the search box in the top left corner of the page.
  3. Locate “Read&Write for Google Chrome” under extensions, then select the Add to Chrome button.
  4. Select the Add extension button in the pop-up window near the Chrome address bar.
  5. Click on the Read&Write icon (a purple puzzle piece) in the top right corner of Chrome.
  6. After being prompted to sign in to your Bryn Mawr College Microsoft account, select the Allow button.

Read&Write for Mac

  1. Visit https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/ and click Try Now
  2. Select Mac OS when presented with a gray bar to choose your operating system
    • Please see Figure A
  3. Click on the Install button to start your download of Read&Write
  4. Once the download is complete, click on the file (read&write.dmg) to start the installation
  5. Drag Read&Write to your Applications folder when prompted
  6. Navigate to your Applications folder and launch Read&Write
  7. Follow the first step up instructions Read&Write provides via pop up windows
    • Note: You will need to follow the instructions for enabling additional features under Security and Privacy to access all of the features Read&Write provides
  8. Click OK to allow Read&Write access to control System Events
  9. Select Sign in with Microsoft and log in with your full Bryn Mawr email address and password to activate your Read&Write license
    • Please see Figure B
  10. Once you have signed in successfully and the Read&Write toolbar pops up, the installation and set up are complete.
  11. Please visit https://support.texthelp.com/help/readwrite-7fdf2ac for additional information about Read&Write

 

Read&Write for Windows

  1. Visit https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/ and click Try Now
  2. Select Windows when presented with a gray bar to choose your operating system
    • Please see Figure A
  3. Click on the Install button
  4. Select Read&Write for Windows – US in the drop down menu to start your download
  5. Once the download is complete, click on the file (read%26write.exe) to start the installation
  6. When prompted, click Yes to allow Read&Write to make changes to your device
  7. A Read&Write installation wizard will pop up and guide you through the terms of service and the installation.
  8. Once the installation window closes, navigate to your desktop and click on the Read&Write icon to launch the software
  9. When prompted, select Sign in with Microsoft and log in with your full Bryn Mawr email address and password to activate your Read&Write license
    • Please see Figure B
  10. Once you have signed in successfully, the installation and set up are complete.
  11. Please visit https://support.texthelp.com/help/readwrite-7fdf2ac for additional information about Read&Write

 

Read&Write for iOS

  1. Visit https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/ and click Try Now
  2. Select iOS when presented with a gray bar to choose your operating system
    • Please see Figure A
  3. Click on the Install button to be redirected to the App Store
  4. Click Get in the App Store to start your download of Read&Write
    • Note: You will need an Apple account to download this app
  5. Once the download is complete, click Open to launch the app
  6. Click Start Setup Wizard when the prompt comes up and follow the instructions to complete your set up
  7. When prompted, select Yes I am an existing Read&Write customer and click Next step
  8. When prompted for a serial number, navigate back to this set of instructions using the iOS device on which you are setting up Read&Write and click this activation link
  9. Clicking the activation link will redirect you to your Read&Write app to activate the software and guide you through the rest of your set up
  10. Once you reach the page to configure your theme and speech settings, your set up is complete
  11. Please visit https://support.texthelp.com/help/readwrite-7fdf2ac for additional information about Read&Write

 

Read&Write for Android

  1. Visit https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/ and click Try Now
  2. Select Android when presented with a gray bar to choose your operating system
    • Please see Figure A
  3. Click on the Install button to be redirected to the Google Play Store
  4. Click Install in the Google Play Store to start your download of Read&Write
    • Note: You will need a Google account to download this app
  5. Once the download is complete, click on Open to launch the app
  6. Click Start Setup Wizard when the prompt comes up and follow the instructions to complete your set up
  7. When prompted for a serial number, navigate back to this set of instructions using the Android device on which you are setting up Read&Write and click this activation link
  8. Clicking the activation link will redirect you to your Read&Write app to activate the software and guide you through the rest of your set up
  9. Once you reach the page to configure your theme and speech settings, your set up is complete
  10. Please visit https://support.texthelp.com/help/readwrite-7fdf2ac for additional information about Read&Write

 

Figure A:

Figure B:

 

For help installing Read&Write visit or contact the Help Desk: Canaday first floor / help@brynmawr.edu / 610-526-7440.

For more information about ways to use Read & Write contact Grace Cipressi, gcipressi@brynmawr.edu, or visit http://www.texthelp.com/North-America.

Adobe Help and Resources

Bryn Mawr College computers have access to various Adobe software packages, including Illustrator, Photoshop and Presenter. Assistance for these products and many others is available at LinkedIn Learning.

Still have questions? Check out Adobe’s Help and Resources for each of these products:

If you don’t see the program you’re using in the above list, you can check out Adobe’s general Product Support.

Changing the Default PDF Reader in Firefox

In recent updates to the Firefox browser, Mozilla has released a built-in PDF viewer which is automatically installed in Firefox. The viewer generally works the same as Adobe Reader, but has caused some changes. Some PDF documents which formerly printed in a landscape format now automatically print in portrait format, and URLs are automatically printed on the PDF document. Firefox offers instructions on how to change .pdfs to open in Adobe Reader or a different browser plugin on their support web site.

Digital Book Lending with EBL

EBL ebook library books are available in Tripod, and new books will be added each week as publishers issue them.

Using an ebook in the EBL collection requires logging in through Bryn Mawr’s EZProzy site with a Bryn Mawr College username and password. Books can be read online using any of the major browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc) but reading downloaded copies requires the installation of Adobe Digital Editions for desktops and laptops, or the Bluefire Reader for the iPad, iPhone or Android. Both Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire Reader are free, and a link to install them is part of the download instructions for every book.

For additional information about using ebooks in the EBL collection, see http://libguides.brynmawr.edu/c.php?g=285162&p=1899840