The course is worth 7.5 credits and runs at half speed during the first half of the spring semester.
The course is about understanding and deriving macroscopic (thermodynamic) properties, such as pressure and phase behaviour, based on the atomic/microscopic properties of a large number of molecules (using statistical mechanics or statistical thermodynamics).
Students also acquire a basic and rigorous understanding of entropy, free energy and temperature. In the course you learn more about the principles of both molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations and how they are used in modern chemistry research.
It is compulsory to register for the exams. Registration is made through the student portal. More information and the exam schedule can be found on the page: Exams
Registration for the exams opens three weeks before the exam date and closes one week before the exam.
Course material and communication
All online course material can be found on Canvas. The majority of communication with the students is also carried out there, though some communication is also sent to your registered student email. You will only have access to the course in canvas after you have been registered.
In case of absence
In case you are ill or will miss the mandatory labs for any other reason you should report this to the course assistant responsible for that lab, which is stated on the schedule.
PhDs taking KEMM48 may also be interested in the PhD course "Advanced statistical thermodynamics and molecular simulation", NAKE016, 7.5 ETCS credits. In this more advanced course the student studies more in-depth the bridge between microscopic properties of single particles (Statistical Mechanics) and macroscopic properties (Thermodynamics) via four specialised topics and aims to build a deeper understanding of the link between interactions, dynamics, and thermodynamics.
KEMM48 Statistical Thermodynamics and Molecular Simulation replaces KEMM38 Statistical Thermodynamics and Molecular Simulation from spring term 2020.