PHYS 427 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Course Description


PHYS 213/214 and PHYS 325 or consent of the instructor.


Thermal Physics, C. Kittel and H. Kroemer and highly recommended for learning more physical intuition behind the formalism is also  Elements of Thermal Physics, 5th or later edition  by James Wolfe


Please check the course website each day for announcements, assignments, solutions and class notes.   The website will be important for the distribution of course material,  during the pandemic PHYS 427 is essentially held online. Discussions will contain important material for the course, please make every effort to attend and participate in the discussions.  And please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have on the material in discussions, lectures, and office hours.


Homework will be assigned on Fridays and will be due the Friday 12 noon of the following week.  Assignments will be returned with the solutions one week after that.   Please deposit electronic versions of your assignments on GRADESCOPE.COM before 12 noon on Fridays (the due date).  Late assignments will be marked down 20% for each day beyond the due date, i.e., if your raw score is x, your score one day late would be 0.8 x.    The homework sets must be clearly written.  Every homework set has a maximum score of 100 points in total.


There will be two in-class midterms and a final. They, too, will be distributed and collected via gradescope.


Course Component Percentage of Grade
Homework 30
Midterm Exam 1 20
Midterm Exam 2 20
Final Exam 30

General Information

 There are several excellent texts available that offer different perspectives.  The books on reserve in the library are listed below.