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

## Course Description

### Prerequisite

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

### Textbook

*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

### Notes

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

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.

### Exams

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

### Grading

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.

*Thermal Physics*by C. Kittel and H. Kroemer*Thermal Physics*by D. Schroeder*Elements of Thermal Physics, 5th edition*by James Wolfe*Equilibrium Thermodynamics*by C.J. Adkins*Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics*by Herbert B. Callen*Statistical Physics, 3rd edition*by L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz*Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics*,