The Physics of Sound (PHY2278.01)

Hugh Crowl

Physically, sound is simply the compression of air around us. However, this relatively simple description obscures a much richer understanding of sound. From how different sounds are generated and perceived to how different sounds can combine to make something new to how to design acoustically pleasant spaces, the physics of sound plays a key role. This course is about the fundamentals that underlie sound and is designed to serve as an introduction to those who are interested in going further. We will discuss wave theory, sound propagation, constructive and destructive interference, beats, and resonance, among other ideas. This course will be mixed between a lecture/discussion and a hands-on lab and students will be expected to design their own final project extending the ideas of the course.

Learning Outcomes:
A physics-based approach to understanding sound, music and acoustics
The ability to use physics in a cross-disciplinary way for students outside sound interests

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
T 8:30AM - 12:10PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: Physics , Fully In-Person , All courses