The calendar below provides information on the course's lecture (L) and exam (E) sessions.

L1 Introduction

Purpose of Stat Mech

Problem set #1 out
L2 Probability (cont.)
L3 Equilibrium States

Equilibrium States

Lattice Model for Diffusion

Rubber Elasticity

Problem set #1 due

Problem set #2 out
L5 Introduction to Conservation Laws (1st Law, Quantization, 2nd Law)
L6 Boltzmann’s Law and Entropy as an Extensive Property

Law of Increased Entropy
L7 More Boltzmann’s Law

Partition Functions
Problem set #2 due
L8 Simulations

E1 Quiz I Problem set #3 out

Thermodynamic Systems

Intensive/Extensive Properties

Fundamental Equations for Energy and Entropy

Definitions of Thermodynamic Driving Forces (Part 1)

Thermodynamic Forces

Homogeneous Functions

Definition of Equilibrium, Temperature, Pressure


Introduction to Chemical Potential

Thermo Cycles

First Law Relations between Heat, Work, Energy

L11 Reversible and Irreversible Processes Problem set #3 due

Problem set #4 out
L12 Introduction to Free Energy

Helmholtz Free energy
L13 Enthalpy

Gibbs Free Energy
L14 Fundamental Equations and their Natural Variables

Heat Capacities

Equilibrium Temperature
Problem set #4 due

Problem set #5 out
L15 Thermodynamic Cycles

Carnot Cycle and Inequality

Heat Engines

Path Dependence
L16 Partial Molar Properties
L17 Partial Molar Properties II Problem set #5 due
L18 Simulations

Monte Carlo
E2 Quiz II
L19 Boltzmann Distribution Law
L20 Partition Functions Problem set #6 out 5 days before L20
L21 Prediction of Thermodynamic Properties from Partition Functions

Problem set #6 due

Problem set #7 out
L22 Quantum Partition Function
L23 Equipartition
L24 Equipartition (cont.) Problem set #7 due

Problem set #8 out
L25 Chemical Equlibria

Le Chatelier’s Principle (Ex. 8, Pressure Denaturation of Proteins)

van’t Hoff
L26 Solid-liquid-gas Equilibrium
L27 Solutions and Mixtures

Problem set #8 due

Solvation: Osmotic Pressure

Problem set #9 out two days before L28
L29 Solvation: Protein/Macromolecule Adsorption at Interfaces
L30 Polymer Chain Problem set #9 due
E3 Quiz III
L31 Polymer Chain II Problem set #10 out
L32 Polymer Chain III
L33 Cooperativity
L34 Cooperativity (cont.) Problem set #10 due
L35 Protein Folding
L36 Review