A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

PHYS 140: The Physics of Music

This course will focus on the physics of various phenomena associated with music. A quantitative, mathematical approach will be used and students will apply the methods of science to gain a greater understanding of music.  Topics will include harmonics, frequency and tone, overtones, spectral analysis and the physics of scales.  Liberal Arts Exploration.

What is music?  How is it made?  These questions can be asked from several familiar perspectives --  artist,  performer, or composer.  These questions, however, can also be examined from a scientific perspective.  Why do musical instruments each have a characteristic sound?  How does the environment influence the perception of music?  How should an instrument be tuned?  Where does the sound come from in a clarinet?  These are all questions that can be answered by science.

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Class Time       MTWRF 8:00-10:45 AM
Location            P-118
Instructor          Dr. Yuly

Help Session    MTWRF 3:00-5:00 pm
Location            P-211
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Study Guide for Final Exam

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