PHYS 1403 Physics of Sound
Prerequisite(s): MATH 1313 (Basic knowledge of musical notation is recommended.)
This course is an introduction to the physical principles behind sound and music. Topics include the fundamental theory of vibration, sound waves and propagation, diffraction and interference, free, coupled and driven oscillations, resonance and oscillation modes. The anatomy and psychophysics of the ear are also covered as well as musical scales, and the nature of sound from the musical instruments. The course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory experiments. This course does not count towards a physics major.