Physics of Music


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These notes initially arose after a short summer program in 1998 and are placed here for the convenience of anyone who cares to read them.
The author is B. H. Suits, Physics Department, Michigan Technological University, copyright 1998-2022.



General Learning Goals:  For areas of physics and music which overlap, students will know and recognize the basic lexicon (definitions, vocabulary, etc), be able to distinguish between measured and perceived quantities, will know basic relationships between quantities for the basic core physics models, and be able to use all of the above to perform simple computations of relevance to music production, performance, and recording.

This course also supports students in achieving University Student Learning Goal #2: Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World. Specific student competencies for this goal can be found under the link for Goal #2 here:

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