Weekly outline

  • General

    Acoustics


    Credits: 3


    Time: Tu/F 1:30 - 3:00


    Place: Sci 117A


    Description: An introduction to the physics of sound and music. Topics may include waves, resonance, overtones, harmonic analysis, human hearing, electric circuits, signal processing, and room acoustics, depending on students' background and interests. Expect weekly textbook assignments, regular hands-on activities in class, and a final project on a topic of your choosing.


    Text: The Science of Sound (3rd ed.) by Rossing, Moore and Wheeler


    Prerequisites: None


    Grading:

    • 40% weekly homework assignments

    • 20% class participation

    • 40% final project, class, and paper

  • January 20 - January 26

    Week 0
    • Intro class Wednesday
    • First real class Friday
    • January 27 - February 2

      Week 1
      • Topics: basic physics concepts and sound
      • Reading: Sound, chapter 1
      • Homework 1 due Friday
    • February 3 - February 9

      Week 2
      • Topic: Vibrations
      • Reading: Sound, chapter 2
      • Homework 2 due Friday
    • February 10 - February 16

      Week 3
      • Topic: Waves
      • Reading: Sound, chapter 3
      • Homework 3 due Friday
    • February 17 - February 23

      Week 4
      • Topic: Resonance
      • Reading: Sound, chapter 4
      • Homework 4 due Friday
    • February 24 - March 1

      Week 5
      • Topics: Human hearing, loudness
      • Reading: Sound, chapters 5-6
      • Homework 5 due Friday
    • March 2 - March 8

      Week 6
      • Topic: Pitch and Timbre
      • Reading: Sound, chapter 7
      • Homework 6 due Friday
    • March 9 - March 15

      Week 7
      • Topics: combination tones and harmony
      • Reading: Sound, chapter 8
      • Homework 7
    • March 16 - March 22

      SPRING BREAK
      • March 23 - March 29

        SPRING BREAK
        • March 30 - April 5

          Week 8
          • Topics: scales, tempering
          • Reading: Sound, chapter 9
        • April 6 - April 12

          Week 9
          • Topic: Electronic circuits
          • Reading: Sound, Chapter 18
          • Homework 9
          • April 13 - April 19

            Week 10
            • Topics: speakers, microphones, etc.
            • Reading: Sound, chapters 19-20
            • Homework 10
            • April 20 - April 26

              Week 11
              • Student project presentations
              • April 27 - May 3

                Week 12
                • Student project presentations
                • May 4 - May 10

                  Week 13
                  • Loose ends...
                  • May 11 - May 17

                    Finals week
                    • Project write-up due by 9 AM Monday May 12. (Put a hardcopy under the door of my office before you go to sleep Sunday night, or you can email me an electronic copy.)