29/3 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.

31/3 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.

5/4 Lec. 3  Statistical mechanics of soft matter; structures are free energy minimizers, fluctuations and when they destroy order, probabilities

7/4 Lec. 4 – Phase separation examples statistical mechanics; Hubbard Stratonovich transformation

12/4 Lec. 5– Phase separation dynamics (spinodal decomposition, nucleation and growth)

14/4 Tutorial: Worked out problems  Statistical properties of Gaussian fluctuations; correlation functions

No lecture 19/4 Pesach

No lecture 21/4 Pesach

26/4 Tutorial: Worked out problems: Langevin dynamics and Fokker Planck equation and their applications

28/4 Lec. 6  Interfaces and their fluctuations

3/5 Lec. 7  Elasticity of interacting systems, statistical fluctuations and elasticity; applications to soft and biological matter

No lecture 5/5 Independence Day

10/5 Tutorial: Worked out problems – Elasticity and interfaces

12/5 Lec 8 Fluctuating lines and surfaces: line and surface curvature, fluctuations

17/5 Lec 9  Polymers – random/excluded volume, polymer collapse, semiflexible polymers

19/5 Lec. 10  Polymers field theory  fluctuation effects; persistence length and fluctuations; polymer brush; connection between DNA and polymer physics

24/5 Lec. 11 – Polymers in the cell: Chromosome territories and fractal packing of chromosomes in nucleus; mesoscale packing of chromosomes

26/5 Tutorial: Worked out problems –polymers

31/5 Lec. 12  Polymeric soft networks; gels, nonlinear elasticity, fluctuation induced elasticity, cellular cytoskeleton

2/6 Lec. 13 – Selfassembly and emergence, micelles; membranes: curvature elasticity of membranes

7/6 Lec. 14 Fluctuations of membranes – shape fluctuations; renormalization of bending modulus; coupled concentration and shape fluctuations

9/6 Lec. 15 – Fluctuation induced interactions of membranes

14/6 Tutorial: Worked out problems –Membranes

16/6 Lec. 16  Electrostatics in soft matter; Poisson Boltzmann theory

21/6 Lec. 17  Poisson Boltzmann theory: fluctuation and strong coupling effects applications of electrostatics in soft and biological matter

23/6 Tutorial: Worked out problems – Electrostatics

28/6 Lec. 18 – Casimir (mediuminduced) deformations in soft matter; electrostatics, polymers, solvent, membranes

30/6 Lec. 19 – Nonequilibrium I: Hydrodynamics in soft and biological matter and lecture on “Life at Low Reynolds number”

5/7 Lec. 20 – Nonequilibrium II: How cells determine their volume – living vs. “dead” matter

7/7 Lec. 21 – Nonequilibrium III: Guest Lecture :

12/7 No lecture

14/7 Lec. 22  Review, questions on course and final project
