Chemistry 444

Elementary Statistical Mechanics!

Fall 2019

Northwestern University

Instructor:  Todd Gingrich
Office:  Ryan 4018
Office Hours:   Mondays 11:15 am, Fridays 3 pm
Telephone:  847-491-4048

TA:  Ray Fu
Office:  Ryan 4038
Office Hours:   Mondays 4:30-6 pm
Lecture:  Tech LG62
Time:  TuTh 9:30-11am
Supporting texts:   David Chandler, Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics.
                               Ken Dill and Sarina Bromberg, Molecular Driving Forces: Statistical Thermodynamics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Nanoscience.
                               Daan Frenkel and Berend Smit, Understanding Molecular Simulation: From Algorithms to Applications.
                               Herbert Callen, Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatics.
                               Hugo Touchette, The Large Deviation Approach to Statistical Mechanics.
Midterm Exam:  Thursday, November 7. [Exam template]

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