Statistical mechanics

Definition

Statistical mechanics is a branch of statistical physics that deals with the description of physical phenomena in terms of the stochastic behaviour of large numbers of components, such as atoms or molecules, especially regarding the distribution of energy among them. Statistical mechanics provides exact methods to connect thermodynamic quantities (such as pressure) to microscopic behaviour.

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    The signature of the self-interactions that a colloid in solution undergoes has been observed. The observation has implications for single-particle studies of soft matter and biological systems. See Letter p.85

    • Ulrich F. Keyser
    Nature 478, 45–46
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    The combination of NMR spectroscopy and statistical mechanics represents a powerful approach to characterize the behavior of macromolecules. Two recent studies demonstrate that the application of this strategy to analyze chemical shift measurements can reveal complex mechanisms of protein regulation.

    • Michele Vendruscolo