Lässig

research

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Statistical Physics and Quantitative Biology

University of Cologne

Statistical Mechanics

*Winter Semester 2012/2013*

- Thermodymamics of equilibrium
- Thermodynamic sytems, states, and processes
- Fundamental postulate and Second Law
- Equilibrium in closed and open systems
- Thermodynamic engines
- Thermodynamic stability and phase transitions
- Summary: Structure of thermodynamics

- Statistical Mechanics of Equilibrium
- Probability and uncertainty
- Fundamental postulate of stattistical mechanics
- Equilibrium ensembles
- Second Law and emergence of thermodynamics
- Equilibrium in non-interacting systems
- Interacting systems and mean field approximation
- Fluctuations and cooperative behavior
- Summary

- Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
- Deterministic and stochastic dynamics
- Stochastic dynamics of diffusive processes
- Examples of diffusive processes
- Stationary states and equilibrium
- Non-equilibrium and entropy theorems
- Summary