Statistical Mechanics

a portrait painting showing Scottish Botanist Robert Brown

Brownian motion was first observed by Scottish botanist Robert Brown, while examining pollen grains in water under a microscope (Image from Wikimedia Commons).


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Spring 2012



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This course discusses the principles and methods of statistical mechanics. Topics covered include classical and quantum statistics, grand ensembles, fluctuations, molecular distribution functions, other concepts in equilibrium statistical mechanics, and topics in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of irreversible processes.

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Cao, Jianshu. 5.72 Statistical Mechanics, Spring 2012. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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