This final chapter of the module gives you the opportunity to understand something about modern research on statistical mechanics.
The primary focus is on the field of atomistic simulation and the method known as molecular dynamics in particular. We will, however,
also discuss work in other fields that has been inspired by these recent developments in the simulation of atoms and molecules. The
organisation of this part of the module is different from the first three chapters. Instead of having a set syllabus that you have to
work through each of you will be given an article to read. You are then expected to give a presentation on the content of the article
and to write a report on the article. The purpose of this approach is to give you some experience of how research work differs from
undergraduate work and to encourage you to begin the process of having conversations about research papers with supervisors and with your
You should be able to use web of knowledge to determine what articles have cited a particular scientific paper.
You should be able to read scientific papers critically without getting waylaid by the mathematics.
School of Mathematics and Physics,
Queen's University Belfast,