PHYS 106 The Physics of Music
Content: This course covers the physical principles underlying musical sound. Background in the physics of vibration and the interference of waves. Resonance and standing waves as key to understanding musical instruments and the overtone series. Frequency spectrum of sound, Fourier analysis and synthesis, and the connection to timbre. Scales and harmony. Physics and psychophysics of hearing. Acoustics of rooms. Music technology including recording and reproduction, digital music, compressed formats, digital effects.
Prerequisites: QR 101 or equivalent.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.