Lecture Notes
  1. Introduction
  2. Diffusion
  3. Probability
  4. Classical Mechanics
  5. Microcanonical Ensemble
  6. Thermodynamics

  7. Entropy

 8. Canonical Ensemble

 9. NPT and Grand Canonical Ensembles

 10. Applications to Solids

 11. Applications to Fluids

 12. Ising Model

 13. Free Energy of Subspace

ME 334 Introduction to Statistical Mechanics


The main purpose of this course is to provide students with enough statistical mechanics background to the Molecular Simulations classes (ME 346, ME 436), including the fundamental concepts such as ensemble, entropy, and free energy, etc. The main theme of this course is how the laws at the macroscale (thermodynamics) can be obtained by analyzing the spontaneous fluctuations at the microscale (dynamics of molecules).

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Last updated: 3/14/2012