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Abstract Title: Using computer simulations to teach the Jarzynski equality
Abstract: The fluctuation theorems are some of the most exciting developments in modern statistical mechanics, yet they are rarely introduced at the undergraduate level. We found that a combination of good homework problems along with selected computer simulations not only made the Jarzynski equality accessible, but several students mentioned the section as their favorite part of an advanced statistical mechanics class.  The computer simulations also provide an introduction to molecular dynamics and modern parallel computing. This poster summarizes both the choice of homework problems and the choice of computer labs. A laptop will be available for demonstration.
Abstract Type: Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael Lerner
Earlham College Department of Physics and Astronomy
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