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Vladimir Chaloupka
PHYS 207
Seattle Campus

The Physics of Music

The nature of sound; vibrations; traveling and standing waves; response of the ear to sound; production of musical sounds.

Class description

This is a course for anyone who is interested in Music (listening to it, performing it, writing it, hacking it with MIDI, CD-RW, DVD or MP3, building musical instruments or HiFi equipment, evaluating acoustics of your room or of your church, ...) and who wants to learn how it interplays with Physics and with Science in general. For detailed Syllabus see Additional Information below.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, with many physics and sound/music demonstrations. Hands-on experience will be available in a well-equipped Physics of Music lab. Close to the end of the quarter, we will go on a pipe-organ field trip.

Recommended preparation

This course is designed for students with an interest, but not necessarily with a background, in Physics and Music. The prerequisite is curiosity, and willingness to learn new things.

Class assignments and grading

Homework will be assigned but not collected/graded; solutions will be available, and the midterms and the Final exam will be closely based on the homework. An individual term project will cover a topic of student's interest.

20% the better of two midterms 40% Final Exam 40% term paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Vladimir Chaloupka
Date: 02/15/2001