Description: Wolfram|Alpha is a computational knowledge engine that provides accurate responses to queries ranging from mathematical formulas to pop culture trivia. Wolfram|Alpha gets its information from a knowledge base of curated data from outside sources.
Platform: Web browser
Cost: No charge
Wolfram|Alpha is freely accessible online without a subscription, but with limited features. VCU has acquired a university license for Wolfram|Alpha Pro, providing all VCU enrolled students, faculty, and staff access to the advanced paid features.
Paid subscriptions have no ads, and allow individuals to save favorite queries, view query history, and set preferences. With Wolfram|Alpha Pro, you can:
Note: The Wolfram Alpha Pro contract is up for renewal and contract will be signed very soon. There may be some issues access the University of Alpha Pro at this time.
To obtain access to Wolfram|Alpha Pro, you must follow three steps.
Go to user.wolfram.com and select Create One.
Create a Wolfram ID using your VCU.edu email address and a secure password.
Note: VCU Information Security advises NOT to use your VCU account password.
Check your email for the account validation link.
Click the link to validate your account.
Sign in to the Wolfram User Portal.
Visit this link to request access to VCU’s subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.
Input your information in the Wolfram|Alpha Pro Subscription Request Form.
Note: Your account must be registered with your VCU.edu email address to request a Pro subscription.
Check your email and validate your Pro account subscription.
There are several resources available for Wolfram|Alpha Pro, including mobile and web apps that provide a variety of subject areas. Apps are grouped by category, course assistants, reference apps, professional assistants, and personal assistants. Additional resources and tools are also provided.
Wolfram provides support for the use of Wolfram|Alpha Pro. For issues accessing the Wolfram|Alpha Pro, contact the IT Support Center.