# 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