**Updated 03/11/18**

Class for 03/12/18 is cancelled.

Finish/re-read Chapter 6 for 03/14/18

Reminder: Midterm due at the start of class 03/14/18.

Reminder: no class Friday 03/16/18

Homework due 03/21/18 by 4pm

6.4, 6.7, 6.9, 6.11

**Updated 03/11/18**

Class for 03/12/18 is cancelled.

Finish/re-read Chapter 6 for 03/14/18

Reminder: Midterm due at the start of class 03/14/18.

Reminder: no class Friday 03/16/18

Homework due 03/21/18 by 4pm

6.4, 6.7, 6.9, 6.11

Homework #7 5.7. 6.3, 6.5,and 6.8 Due 03/16/18 at 4pm

Read 6.1-6.3 for Monday 02/26/18

Read 6.4-6.6 for Wednesday 02/28/18

Prep for take-home midterm Friday 03/02/18

Homework #6: 5.7. 5.12, 5.15, 5.17 and a computational problem from Friday (4.3)

- Due 02/28/18 at 4pm

Reading for 02/19/19: Re-read Chapter 5.3

Reading for 02/21/18: Chapter 6.1-6.3

Modified on 02/19/18

Read Ch 5.1 for Monday 02/12/18.

Finish Chapter 5 for Wednesday 02/14/18.

Problems: Finish 3.8, 4.2, 5.5, 5.6 and a computational problem from Friday due 02/21/18

Finish Chapter 3 for Monday 02/05/18.

Read Chapter 4 for Wednesday 02/07/18.

Problems 3.8a, 3.10, 3.11 from Sethna and a computational problem from Friday due 02/14/18. The textbook problems 3.10 and 3.11 are neat mathematical problems that explore thermodynamics from a stat mech perspective.

Read Chapter 3 for Monday 1/29/18 though we might not get to it until Wednesday.

**Homework #3 **A version of 2.8/2.10 entitled "Polymers and Random Walks." Write your own code for a random walk, and for a self-avoiding walk. Average over sufficient number of runs and steps to show that as the number of steps gets large that the mean-square-displacement goes as LN^a, where as is some power and find that power for both walks. Then 3.5 and 3.6 from your text. Due 02/07/18.

Reading for 01/24/16 Read Chapter 2.

There is another Matlab video (aimed at 262) that could be useful to watch.

**Homework #2** 2.1, 2.5 (in parts b and increase all N's by a factor of 10), 2.8/2.10 parts a and b (no computation yet) (random walks and polymers) Due 01/31/18 at 4pm.

- 2.1 may be worked out in class at least partially, but you must write it up nicely if so.
- 2.5 was developed when laptops where much less powerful; so increase all N's by a factor of 10 in parts b and c, and we should work on it in class Friday.
- Hint: use the rand function to pick a random number.

- 2.8/2.10 is the entitled "Polymers and Random Walks." Which number it is depends on the edition of the textbook. Only do parts a and b (no computation on this problem).

Greetings and welcome to the course web page.

First, let's point you to the syllabus.

Second, here is a tentative calendar.

Finally, since working homework is the key to success in physics, here are expectations in writing up homework assignments. Though I expect you to know these by now.

Read Chapter 1 by Wednesday 01/17/18 at noon ideally, but Friday at the latest.

Matlab introductory video (aimed at 262) Watch by Friday 01/19/18 noon.

Homework #1 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and computational extension problem assigned Monday Due 01/24/18 at 4pm. If problems are worked out in class, fully or partially, then they must be written up nicely.

There is another Matlab video (aimed at 262) that could be useful to watch.