Guide to Mathematical Software at WFU

While our ancestors used slide rules and calculators, 21st century Physicists have the opportunity to use a variety of powerful software tools for problem solving, analysis, and visualization. The Wake Forest Community has many of these tools available from the web page available for PC and MAC formats. The licensing is handled on campus through the campus network or through VPN off campus. The following software packages are used in several physics courses at various levels and more generally by scientists and engineers throughout the world. All of these tools require some effort to realize their capabilities. The links below provide some instructions and examples on how to use each tool.

  • Matlab — for numerical analysis and visualization
  • Mathematica — for analytical analysis and visualization
  • Maple — for analytical analysis and visualization
  • Excel, Google Sheets & Numbers — for spreadsheet analysis and plotting