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Mathematica 12 (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Mathematica is available in the Barnes, Palmer 2, Physics Computation, Math and Library North Basement labs, as well as via virtual MA-LAB1 and VLAB1 servers, and by home-use download.

Free Home-use Download: All CC students can download a free full copy of Mathematica for use on their laptop or desktop computer (Mac and PC). It is an easy two step process to request a home-use license:

STEP 1: Sign up for a Wolfram ID (if you have not done so already) using your CC email address. You will be sent an email with a link to validate that address. Once you have validated your email, go to step 2.

STEP 2: Fill out the Wolfram Student Activation Key Request Form. You will once again receive an email from Wolfram, this time with a link and activation code to download your software.  


Minitab 19 & Minitab Express (Mac and Windows)

Minitab is available in the Barnes, Palmer 2, and Library North Basement labs and via the virtual VLAB1 server. A 30-day free trial of both the full and Express version and is also available for download, as well as a six month rental starting at $29.99 from OnTheHub.


VIRTUAL LABS: MA-LAB1 and VLAB1 Terminal Server (Windows, Mac, Linux, and smartphones)

To use Math/Stat software remotely, connect to the MA-LAB1 or VLAB1 servers using theVMWARE HORIZON CLIENT or REMOTE DESKTOP.
VMWARE Horizon is the preferred method and can be used on Mac, Windows, Linux, as well as Android and iPhone. 

STEP 1: 
Download VMWare Horizon 

VMWare Horizon - Windows, Mac, or smartphone

  • Download and install VMware Horizon client. From smartphone, look in app store or google play store.
  • Connect to for the server.
  • Log in with CC username and password.

STEP 2: 
Connect to virtual machine MA-LAB1 or VLAB1

  • Double-click on the virtual machine of your choice. MA-LAB1 and VLAB1 both have all mathematics and computer science software packages used in classes.


We have installed Anaconda and Atom in our lab.
Anaconda/Python 3 -


You will need to download the following software to create and run java programs:

* A Java editor - we use and recommend Atom (above)
* The latest JDK (Java Developers Kit) from Oracle  ---NOT the JRE---

1) Download the latest JDK for Windows, macOS & Linux (link may be outdated, 10/21/2019):

On the downloads page, click the blue Download button next to the version you would like to install.

3) Scroll down, and click on the small radial button to ACCEPT THE LICENSE AGREEMENT. This is very small but is found above the list of download links.

4) Click on the link for your operating system to download.

5) Open your downloaded file, and run the installer. You can check that it installed by opening a Command Prompt or Terminal window and typing java -version. You should see something like java version "13.0.1" 2019-10-15 Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 13.0.1+9) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 13.0.1+9, mixed mode, sharing).Hooray!

6) Finally, add the java bin to your Path variable.
a) Find where Java JDK installed in your File Explorer (the default is typically C:\Program Files\Java\jdk13.1._01\bin) and copy YOUR JDK path including the \bin part. Do not copy this example text, your version of JDK may vary. 
b) From the Start menu, type ENV in the search bar and choose "Edit system environmental variables".
c) Click the "Environmental Variables" button at the bottom right.
d) Under the “System Variables” section (the lower half), find the row with “Path” in the first column, and click edit.
e) The “Edit environment variable” UI will appear. Here, you can click “New” and paste or type the new path you copied from above. eg. C:\Program Files\Java\jdk13.1._01\bin
f) Click OK, and your changes are saved. Restart any command prompts or java programs for it to take effect. 

a) Open a terminal window and type /usr/libexec/java_home to see the path to your java installation, and copy the text. (It will probably look something like /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-13.0.1.jdk/Contents/Home)
 To edit your bash profile and set Java_home, in the Terminal window type  nano ~/.bash_profile
this will open a file called .bash_profile
c) Insert these two lines of text a to set JAVA_HOME and PATH
       export JAVA_HOME='replace/this/with/the/path/you/copied/from/the/stepA/above'
       export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH

Then type CTRL-X, then Y and ENTER to save and exit. 
d) Close and restart any terminals for it to take effect.
e) Type  $JAVA_HOME in a terminal and you should see the /LIbrary/Java.... path from above.



MATLAB (Windows & Mac)

MATLAB is available in the Barnes, Palmer 2, Math Department, and Library North Basement labs, as well as via the Virtual Lab on the VLAB1 terminal server. (See instructions above).

CC does not have student licenses available for personal laptops, but you can purchase a student version ($49-99).

SPSS (Windows & Mac)

SPSS is available in the Barnes, Palmer 2, Psychology Department, Math and Library North Basement labs, as well as via the Virtual Lab on the VLAB1 terminal server. (See instructions above).

Download free trial of SPSS:


MikTEX and TeXmaker editor are available in the Math PC labs.

You will need to download two programs: the TeX engine, and a TeX editor.

TeX Engines for Windows or Linux PC:
MikTEX Tex Engine, free to download 
proTeXt - based on MikTEX, free

TeX Engine for Mac:
MacTeX - free


  • TeXMaker Free cross-platform TeX editor
  • WINEDT a nice graphical TeX frontend editor (30-day trial, fully functional, but will bug you to register after 30 days. Student licenses are $30.)
  • WinShell free TeX frontend editor (with no trial warnings). 



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