The calendar below provides information on the course’s lecture (L) and exam (E) sessions.
SES #  TOPICS  KEY DATES 

L1 
Introduction
Purpose of Stat Mech Probability 
Problem set #1 out 
L2  Probability (cont.)  
L3  Equilibrium States  
L4 
Equilibrium States Lattice Model for Diffusion Rubber Elasticity 
Problem set #1 due
Problem set #2 out 
L5  Introduction to Conservation Laws (1st Law, Quantization, 2nd Law)  
L6 
Boltzmann’s Law and Entropy as an Extensive Property
Law of Increased Entropy 

L7 
More Boltzmann’s Law
Partition Functions 
Problem set #2 due 
L8 
Simulations
PCR 

E1  Quiz I  Problem set #3 out 
L9 
Thermodynamic Systems Intensive/Extensive Properties Fundamental Equations for Energy and Entropy Definitions of Thermodynamic Driving Forces (Part 1) Thermodynamic Forces Homogeneous Functions Definition of Equilibrium, Temperature, Pressure 

L10 
Introduction to Chemical Potential Thermo Cycles First Law Relations between Heat, Work, Energy 

L11  Reversible and Irreversible Processes 
Problem set #3 due
Problem set #4 out 
L12 
Introduction to Free Energy
Helmholtz Free energy 

L13 
Enthalpy
Gibbs Free Energy 

L14 
Fundamental Equations and their Natural Variables
Heat Capacities Equilibrium Temperature 
Problem set #4 due
Problem set #5 out 
L15 
Thermodynamic Cycles
Carnot Cycle and Inequality Heat Engines Path Dependence 

L16  Partial Molar Properties  
L17  Partial Molar Properties II  Problem set #5 due 
L18 
Simulations
Monte Carlo 

E2  Quiz II  
L19  Boltzmann Distribution Law  
L20  Partition Functions  Problem set #6 out 5 days before L20 
L21 
Prediction of Thermodynamic Properties from Partition Functions
Ensembles 
Problem set #6 due
Problem set #7 out 
L22  Quantum Partition Function  
L23  Equipartition  
L24  Equipartition (cont.) 
Problem set #7 due
Problem set #8 out 
L25 
Chemical Equlibria
Le Chatelier’s Principle (Ex. 8, Pressure Denaturation of Proteins) van’t Hoff 

L26  Solidliquidgas Equilibrium  
L27 
Solutions and Mixtures
Polymers 
Problem set #8 due 
L28 
Solvation: Osmotic Pressure 
Problem set #9 out two days before L28 
L29  Solvation: Protein/Macromolecule Adsorption at Interfaces  
L30  Polymer Chain  Problem set #9 due 
E3  Quiz III  
L31  Polymer Chain II  Problem set #10 out 
L32  Polymer Chain III  
L33  Cooperativity  
L34  Cooperativity (cont.)  Problem set #10 due 
L35  Protein Folding  
L36  Review 