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, Kittel and Kroemer


Please check the course website each day for announcements, assignments, solutions and class notes.   Posted lecture notes are provided courtesy of Yann Chemla and are copyright Chemla 2017, and are not for distribution.   While the website will be important for the distribution of course material,  PHYS 427 is not an online course. You are responsible for all material introduced in lecture, and your grade will depend in part on participation in discussions.  


Homework will be assigned on Wednesdays and will be due the Thursday of the following week.  Assignments will be returned with the solutions one week after that.   Please deposit assignments in the PHYS427 mailbox in the Loomis-MRL interpass before 5 pm on Thursday.  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.  


There will be two in-class midterms and a final.


Course Component Percentage of Grade
Discussion 15
Homework 30
Exam 1 15
Exam 2 15
Final Exam 25

General Information

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