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- Office hours: Wednesday and Thursday 3-5pm, 155 Broad
- Course Outline (pdf)
- Lecture Schedule: Thursday -- 8:30 am to 10:25 am and Friday -- 11:00am to 11:55am, 104 Watson
- Molecular Driving Forces: Statistical Thermodynamics in Chemistry and Biology
by Sarina Bromberg, Ken A. Dill
- HW 1 (problems, solutions)
- HW 2 (problems, solutions)
- Martin J. Klein; Thermodynamics in Einstein's Thought, Science, New Series, Vol. 157, No. 3788, Aug. 4 1967, pp. 509-516.
- Pais, A. ; Einstein and the Quantum-Theory, Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol. 51, 1979, pp. 863-913.
"These articles describe the huge importance that Einstein attached to the use of fluctuations as a tool for
discovering new physics. Indeed, his use of fluctuations figured into his analysis of specific heats, the wave-particle duality, the existence of atoms, etc. "
- HW 3 (problems, solutions)
- HW 4 (problems, solutions)
- HW 5 (problems, solutions)
- Wu et al.; Bioassay of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) using microcantilevers, Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 19, 2001, pp. 856-860.
"Article related to Problem 3 of this homework"
- HW 6 (problems, solutions)
- HW 7 (problems, solutions)
- Lecture #1 (ppt, pdf) (3/30/06)
- R.P. Feynman; http://nobelprize.org/physics/laureates/1965/feynman-lecture.html and R.P. Feynman in Nobel Lectures in Physics: 1901-1995, World Scientific, Singapore, 1998
"Feynman's Nobel Prize Lecture: In Feynman's lecture he has important comments on the virtue of multiple formulations for a given problem. In the setting of this course, this is relevant to our treatment of statistical mechanics from the information theory perspective."
- E. T. Jaynes; Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics, Phys. Rev., May 15, 1957; Vol.106, No.4
"This article ushered in the use of Shannon's information entropy as a basis for doing statistical mechanics."
- J. J. Prentiss; Thank You, Boltzmann, That Your Constant Is So Small, The Physics Teacher, Oct 1996; Vol.34
"This article is akin to George Gamow's books about Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland. The basic idea is to examine how the world would look if Boltzmann's constant had a very different value"
- Lecture #2 (3/31/06)
- E. T. Jaynes; Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics, Statistical Physics, K. Ford (ed.), Benjamin, New York, p. 181,
"This is the paper where I first learned of the use of maximum entropy methods to treat the problem of the dishonest die. The paper is full of other fun and interesting ideas."
"My favorite treatment of the use of Lagrange multipliers is in the wonderful book by Cornelius Lanczos entitled 'The Variational Principles of Mechanics'. Pgs. 43-48 have a beautiful discussion of Lagrange multipliers."
- Lecture #3 (4/6/06)
- Lecture #4 (ppt, pdf) (4/7/06)
- Lecture #5 (4/13/06)
- Irving M. Klotz; Hemoglobin-oxygen equilibria: retrospective and phenomenological perspective, Biophysical Chemistry, 2003, Vol. 100, pp. 123-129,
"The first few pages of this article provide a useful and brief overview of thinking on hemoglobin. Note that in Table 1 the units should be mmHg^-1. I don't know what to say about the stuff near the end of the article."
- Hill, Wyse, Anderson; Animal Physiology, Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publishers, Sunderland, MA; Chapter 22, p. 588
"This is one of the pages of interest from the book that was passed around during class."
- Lecture #6 (4/14/06)
- Lecture #7 (4/20/06)
- Lecture #8 (4/21/06)
- Schweber, Silvan; Feynman and the visualization of space-time processes, Reviews of Modern Physics, 1986, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 449-511,
- Lecture #9 (4/27/06)
- Lecture #10 (4/28/06)
- Asakura, Oosawa; Interactions between Particles Suspended in Solutions of Macromolecules, Journal of Polymer Science, 1958, Vol. 33, pp. 183-192,
"The work of Oosawa and Asakura introduced the idea of excluded volume forces."
- Yodh et al.; Entropically driven self-assembly and interaction in suspension, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol. 359, No. 1782, May 15 2001, pp. 921-937,
"This paper gives an impression of the experimental situation on excluded volume forces."
- Lecture #11 (5/4/06)
- Lecture #12 (5/5/06)
- D. J. Srolovitz; On the Stability of Surfaces of Stressed Solids, Acta Metallurgica, 1989, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 621-625,
"This paper introduced the idea of sinusoidal instabilities in thin films as a competition between bulk and surface energies."
- J. Tersoff, R. M. Tromp; Shape Transition in Growth of Strained Islands: Spontaneous Formation of Quantum Wires, Physical Review Letters, Vol. 70, No. 18, 3 May 1993, pp. 2782-2786,
"This paper shows how to apply ideas similar to those we discussed for
sinusoidal instabilities to the development
of islands on surfaces."
- L. B. Freund and S. Suresh; Thin Film Materials: Stress, Defect Formation and Surface Evolution, Cambridge University Press, 2003, Ch. 8, pp. 573-579, 632-633,
"This file contains the pictures and calculation on epitaxial growth presented during lecture."
- Lecture #13 (5/11/06)
- M. Elowitz et al.; Protein Mobility in the Cytoplasm of Escherichia coli, Journal of Bacteriology, Jan. 1999, Vol. 181, No. 1, pp. 197-203,
"This paper illustrates the use of FRAP for looking at
diffusion within E. coli cells. The one-dimensional nature of this
problem is relevant to the FRAP problem
you will work out on HW7."
- D. Axelrod, D. E. Koppel, J. Schlessinger, E. Elson, W. W. Webb; Mobility Measurement by Analysis of Fluorescence Photobleaching Recovery Kinetics, Biophysical Journal, 1976, Vol. 16, pp. 1055-1069,
"This is one of the papers that founded the use of FRAP."
- Lecture #14 (5/12/06)
- Paul B. Laub; The Black Box, or the Significance of r = (Et^2/p)^0.2 , 7 May 2004, pp. 1-27,
"I have not yet read this, but it claims to be a fictionalized account of how GI Taylor estimated
the yield of the first atomic bomb by inspecting photographs on the cover of Life Magazine."
- Don S. Lemons and Anthony Gythiel; Paul Langevin's 1908 paper "On the Theory of Brownian Motion", American Journal of Physics, 1997, Vol. 11, pp. 1079-1081,
"This is the 1908 paper from Langevin which tackled the theory of Brownian motion from the perspective of what are now called Langevin
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