PHYS 256    Fall 2010      Musical Acoustics    Course Schedule

8-25-10 1.1 Fundamental Definitions Q1
8-27-10 1.1    
8-30-10 1.2 Simple Harmonic Motion Part 1 Q2,3,4,6
9-06-10 1.3,4,5 Simple Harmonic Motion Part 2 Q9,10,12; P3,5
9-08-10 2.1,2 Waves and Sound Part 1 Q1,2,4,5
9-10-10 Speed of Sound Measurement Waves and Sound Part 2 Q7,9
9-13-10 2.3 General Behavior of Waves P1,5,6
9-15-10 2.4,5,6 Beats and Doppler Effect  
9-17-10 2.7,8,9 Shock Waves & Ultra and Infrasonics   
9-20-10 Revision for Test #1 Study Guide  
9-22-10   Test #1 (Chap 1 & 2)  
9-24-10 3.1,2,3 Transverse Standing Waves Q1a.,2,3
9-27-10   Transverse Standing waves ctd.  
9-29-10 Lab on String Vibrations    
10-1-10 3.3,4,5 Longitudinal Standing Waves Q4,6,P1,2,3,5
10-04-10 Lab on Air Column Vibrations   Bonus points opportunity for Test #2
10-06-10 4.1,2,3,4 Complex Waves Q7,P1,2,3,4
10-08-10   Comples Waves Ctd  
10-11-10 5.1,2,3,4 Electronic Music
10-13-10 6.1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Human Ear and Voice Voice by Paige N. Hudson
Human Ear and Voice by Stephanie D. Cate
10-20-10 6.8,9,10,11,12,13,14 Human Ear and Voice Bernoulli's Principle by Magan J. Fowler.
10-22-10 7.1,2,3,4,5 Sound Recording and Reproduction Speakers and their design
by Antoine R. Parker
10-25-10 7.6,7,8,9,10 Sound Recording and Reproduction Timbre, Room Acoustics
by Jacob M. Mitchell.

10-27-10   Sound Recording and Reproduction Harmony and its relation to frequency by Hiren H. Patel.
Frequency effects of molecular structure of water/ice by Elizabeth K. Miller.
10-29-10     Pipe Organs by Kelsey S. Aadland
11-01-10     Flute by Amanda D. Phipps.
11-03-10 Revision for Test #2 Study Guide  
11-05-10   Test #2  
11-08-10 8.1,2,3,4,5 Room and Auditorium Acoustics History of Trombone by Bartholomew S. Simonson.
11-10-10 8.1,2,3,4,5   History of Stringed Instruments
by Elizabeth E. Whittle.
11-12-10 Chap 10 Violin
Violin by Phillip N. Foltz.
The Stradivari Violins by Andres F. Gil.
11-15-10 11.1,2,3,4,5,6 Guitar History of Electric Guitar by Justin T. Hayes.
Acoustics of Guitar by Cale G. Medley.
Impact of different woods on guitar tones by Andrew G. Shaffer.
11-17-10 12.1,2,3,4 Stringed Instruments and Piano Artificial harmonics of Violin/Stringed instruments by Jessica M. Elvington.

Piano by Theresa M. Horton.

Piano: History and Acoustics
by Joseph D. Singleton

11-19-10 14.1,2,3,4 Percussion Instruments Marimba by Chad S. Wesely
Percussion by Melody L. Lewis.
11-22-10 Chap 11 Brass Instruments  
11-29-10 13.1,2,3,4 Woodwind Instruments  
12-01-10 TBA    
12-3-10 Revision for Final Study Guide  
12-6-10 Revision for Final Study Guide  
8 AM
  Final Exam      

Project: You will be given a topic in musical acoustics to research and write an
 essay (minimum 8 pages). In addition you will prepare a 15-minute power point presentation of the selected topic and present it to the class. Presentation will be graded by your fellow students. In addition, the instructor will evaluate your presentation and essay. The project carries 20% of the course grade.