ESAM 495 Spring 2004 |

Hermann Riecke |

Time: MW 10:00-11:20 |

Place: Searle 2107 |

In this class an introduction to statistical mechanics
and random processes will be given.

Topics to be covered include:

Statistical ensembles (microcanonical, canonical)
and partition functions and their relation to thermodynamics,
phase transitions and Ising model for magnetic systems, random
walks and polymers, death and birth processes, Brownian motion,
Monte Carlo method, master equation, Fokker-Planck equation.

a) Up- and down-clusters of all sizes in Ising model near critical point

b) a collection of random walks

**Homework assignments:**
HW 1

*Do you have any questions? *

Phone: 491-8316, e-mail: h-riecke@northwestern.edu

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On 20 Feb 2004, 10:00.