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 
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 Thermodynamic Forces 

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 