Computational Nanoscience, Lecture 7: Monte Carlo Simulation Part I
The purpose of this lecture is to introduce Monte Carlo methods as a form of stochastic simulation. Some introductory examples of Monte Carlo methods are given, and a basic introduction to relevant concepts in statistical mechanics is presented. Students will be introduced to the Metropolis approach to Monte Carlo simulation. Using Metropolis as an example, these lectures also introduce the comcepts of balance and detailed balance, and what “efficient sampling” means.