A brief introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics

CCMA Luncheon Seminar

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Kendra Stauffer, Ludmil Zikatanov, Wenrui Hao,

Speaker: Huan Lei, PNNL

Abstract: Statistical mechanics sets the theoretical foundation of thermodynamics. While the theory establishes the connection between the (thermodynamic equilibrium) macroscopic properties and the microscopic molecular interactions, the concepts and methodologies developed within the framework share wide applications in other fields such as math biology, sampling methods in statistics, deep neural network, etc. In this seminar course, I will provide a brief introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics with emphasis on formulation of the framework rather than explaining the governing physics principles. The target audience is graduate students with applied mathematics background. Both implication and mathematical formulations of essential hypotheses within the framework will be explained. Basic concepts such as statistical ensemble, temperature, entropy and free energy will be introduced and formulated in a concise way. The implication and generalization to other fields will be briefly discussed.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number: 114 McAllister

Date: 04/24/2017

Time: 12:20pm - 1:40pm