Syllabus for ME 495 — Statistical Mechanics
Spring 2015
News
- (05 Jan 2015 | 03:44 PM) First day of class: Monday January 12!
Course description
The course will introduce students to the concepts of statistical mechanics. Microscopic interactions are connected to macroscopic thermodynamic system behavior. Topics include probability, the kinetic theory of gases, Liouville's theorem, conservation laws, the entropy of mixing, the microcanonical ensemble, the canonical ensemble, Hamiltonian mechanics, and an introduction to quantum mechanics. (Adopted from the course catalog.)
General information
- Instructor
- Rico Picone, PhD
- Instructor Email
- rpicone (at) stmartin (dot) edu
- Office Hours
- MWF 10 am–11 am, Cebula 103C
- Office Hours
- MW 1 pm–2 pm, Cebula 103C
- Location
- Harned 107
- Times
- M 5:00–7:20 pm
- Website
- ME 495 Website
- Moodle
- ME 495 Moodle
Textbooks
James P. Sethna. Statistical Mechanics : Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Notes
Partial notes will be posted here.
Schedule
The following schedule is tentative.
week | topics introduced | reading | assignment due |
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1 | introduction, probability, and statistics | Ch 1 | Assignment #1 |
2 | probability and statistics | Assignment #2 | |
3 | probability and statistics | Assignment #3 | |
4 | random walks and emergent properties | Ch 2 | Assignment #4 |
5 | random walks and emergent properties | Assignment #5 | |
6 | phase-space dynamics and ergodicity | Assignment #6 | |
7 | phase-space dynamics and ergodicity | Assignment #7, Midterm #1 | |
8 | entropy | Ch 5 | Assignment #8 |
9 | entropy | Assignment #9 | |
10 | free energies | Assignment #10 | |
11 | free energies | Assignment #11 | |
12 | quantum mechanics | Assignment #12, Midterm #2 | |
13 | quantum statistical mechanics | Ch 6 | Assignment #13 |
14 | correlation, response, and dissipation | Ch 10 | Assignment #14 |
15 | correlation, response, and dissipation | Assignment #15 | |
16 | finals week | Final Exam |
Assignments
Assignment #1
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #2
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #3
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #4
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #5
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #6
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #7
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #8
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #9
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #10
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #11
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #12
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #13
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #14
- Do the assigned reading.
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Assignment #15
- Do the assigned reading.
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Resources
Class resources will be posted here throughout the semester.Homework, quiz, & exam policies
Homework & homework quiz policies
Weekly homework will be “due” on Fridays, but it will not be turned in for credit. However — and this is very important — each week a quiz will be given that will cover that week’s homework.
Quizzes will be available on moodle each week (as early as I can get them up), and must be completed by Sunday (before midnight). Late quizzes will receive no credit. Multiple attempts may be made on the quizzes (you will receive your mean grade).
Working in groups on homework is strongly encouraged, but quizzes must be completed individually.
Exam policies
The midterm and final exams will be in-class. If you require any specific accommodations, please contact me.
Calculators will be allowed. Only ones own notes and the notes provided by the instructor will be allowed. No communication-devices will be allowed.
No exam may be taken early. Makeup exams require a doctor’s note excusing the absence during the exam.
The final exam will be cumulative.
Grading policies
Total grades in the course may be curved, but individual homework quizzes and exams will not be. They will be available on moodle throughout the semester.
- Homework quizzes
- 20%
- Midterm Exam #1
- 25%
- Midterm Exam #2
- 25%
- Final Exam
- 30%
Academic integrity policy
Cheating or plagiarism of any kind is not tolerated and will result in a failing grade (“F”) in the course. I take this very seriously. Engineering is an academic and professional discipline that requires integrity. I expect students to consider their integrity of conduct to be their highest consideration with regard to the course material.
Correlation of course & program outcomes
In keeping with the standards of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, each course is evaluated in terms of its desired outcomes and how these support the desired program outcomes. The following sections document the evaluation of this course.
Desired course outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the following course outcomes are desired:- students will have a clear and thorough understanding of concepts, principles, and methods of modeling rotational-mechanical, translational-mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal systems;
- students will have a clear and thorough understanding of concepts, principles, and methods of modeling the interfaces rotational-mechanical, translational-mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal systems;
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Desired program outcomes
The desired program outcomes are that mechanical engineering graduates have:- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and social context;
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Correlation of outcomes
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