Acoustics and Music


An introduction to the physics underlying the production, transmission, and reception of musical sounds. Topics covered include sound waves and room acoustics; analysis of pitch, timbre, and loudness; the chromatic scale and tuning systems; resonance and the physics of strings, winds, and brass instruments and the human voice; and the structure of the human ear. Students complete and present an original research project. No previous knowledge of physics assumed.


Course is owned by PHYSICS and crosslisted with Music

Curriculum Codes
  • R
  • NS
Cross-Listed As
  • PHYSICS 136
Typically Offered
Spring Only