Introduction to Statistical Mechanics

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

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