Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics.

University of California, Santa Barbara. Winter, 2005.

Instructors

- Ed Feng, EII Room 3326, efeng at mrl dot ucsb dot edu.
- Eric Cochran, MRL 2027B, ecochran at mrl dot ucsb dot edu.
- Kirill Katsov, MRL 2027B, katsov at mrl dot ucsb dot edu.

- Won Bo Lee, EII 2213, wonbo at engineering dot ucsb dot edu.

- approximately one homework per week.
- Homework: 25%. Midterm: 30%. Final: 45%.
- Take Home Final Exam:

pick up from MRL 2027B Wednesday morning after 9:00am, March 16, 2005.

Due 5:00pm, Thursday, March 17, 2005, same place.

- Homework 1. pdf.
- Homework 2. pdf.
- Homework 3. pdf. Due January 27, 2005.
- Homework 4. pdf. Due February 4, 2005.
- Homework 5. pdf. Due February 15, 2005.
- Homework 6. pdf. Due February 24, 2005.
- Homework 7. pdf. Due March 3, 2005.
- Homework 8. pdf. Due March 10, 2005.

Syllabus

- Review of Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
- Canonical Ensemble
- Grand Canonical Ensemble

- Classical Fluids
- Classical Limit in Statistical Mechanics
- Distribution Functions
- Potential of Mean Force
- Radiation Scattering
- Monte Carlo Simulation

- Crystal Statistics
- Einstein Model
- Debye Model

- Field Theory and Critical Phenomena
- Polymer Statistical Mechanics
- Coarse-graining
- Models of single-chain statistics
- Dilute solution excluded volume effect and thermodynamics
- Semidilute solution, scaling theory

- Chandler, "Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics".
- McQuarrie, "Statistical Mechanics".

(although his "Statistical Thermodynamics" text is sufficient) - J.P. Hansen and I. McDonald, "Theory of Simple Liquids".

We didn't get to much material in here, but it's the standard reference for liquid state theory. - M.E.J. Newman, G.T. Barkema, "Monte Carlo Methods in Statistical Physics".
- Hoel, Port, Stone, "Introduction to Stochastic Processes".

Good starter text for Markov chain theory that computer simulation books usually skip.