Tues. Nov. 5, 2019: Lec. 1  Introduction: What is soft matter and how does it relate to the physics of materials, biomolecules and cells? Intellectual challenges and relation to stat mech.

Thurs. Nov. 7: Lec. 2  States of matter: standard and exotic – gas, liquid, solid (dimensionality effects), fractals, polymers, entropic phase transitions, orientational order and disorder. Stat Mech conceptual questions.

Tues. Nov. 12: Lec. 3  Statistical mechanics of soft matter; free energy minimization, fluctuations, probabilities: example – anomalies in fluctuations of harmonic oscillator

Thurs. Nov. 14: Worked out problems  Statistical properties of Gaussian fluctuations; correlation functions

Tues. Nov. 19: Lec. 4A – Phase separation statistical mechanics; Lec. 4B – Phase separation dynamics (spinodal decomposition)

Thurs. Nov. 21: Lec. 5 – Finish Lec. 4B, Novel examples of phase separation; Lec. 5  Fluctuation theory: variational and Hubbard Stratonovich (saddle point) approaches

Tues. Nov. 26: Worked out problems: Langevin dynamics and Fokker Planck equation and their applications

Thurs. Nov. 28: Lec. 6  Interfaces and their fluctuations

Tues. Dec. 3: Lec. 7  Elasticity of interacting systems, statistical fluctuations and elasticity; applications to soft and biological matter

Thurs. Dec. 5 Lec 8 Fluctuating lines and surfaces: line and surface curvature, fluctuations

Tues. Dec. 10: Worked out problems – Elasticity and interfaces

Thurs. Dec. 12: Lec 9  Polymers – random/excluded volume, semiflexible polymers

Tues. Dec. 17 : Lec. 10  Polymers – fluctuation effects; persistence length and fluctuations; polymer brush; connection between DNA and polymer physics

Thurs. Dec. 19 – Worked out problems –polymers

Tues. Dec. 24: : Lec. 11 – Chromosome territories and fractal packing of chromosomes in nucleus; mesoscale packing of chromosomes

Thurs. Dec. 26: Finish Lec. 10 persistence length, Lec. 12  Polymeric soft networks in cells; gel, cellular cytoskeleton, nonlinear elasticity, fluctuations

Tues. Dec. 31:: Finish Lec. 12, Lec. 13  Membranes: curvature elasticity, fluctuations, renormalization

Thurs. Jan. 2, 2020: Finish Lec. 13, Lec. 14 inhomogeneous membranes

Tues. Jan. 7: Lec. 15 – Fluctuation induced interactions of membranes

Thurs. Jan. 9: Worked out problems –Membranes

Tues. Jan. 14: Lec. 16  Electrostatics in soft matter; Poisson Boltzmann theory

Thurs. Jan. 16 : Lec. 17  Poisson Boltzmann theory: fluctuation and strong coupling effects applications of electrostatics in soft and biological matter

Tues. Jan. 21: Worked out problems – Electrostatics

Thurs. Jan. 23: Lec. 18 – Casimir (mediuminduced) deformations in soft matter; electrostatic, solvent, membranes

Tues. Jan.28: Lec. 19 – Hydrodynamics in soft and biological matter and lecture on “Life at Low Reynolds number”

Thurs. Jan. 30 : Guest Lecture : Nir Gov – Actively assembling filaments in biological cells

Tues. Feb. 4: Guest Lecture : Nir Gov – Molecular motors and cell motility

Tues. Feb. 6: Final review and questions
