University of Vermont Physics

Physics 044

The Physics of Music and Musical Instruments

Spring, 2013

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The UVM Physics department is pleased to reprise "The Physics of Music and Musical Instruments" in the Spring, 2012. This course is open to all students at UVM. There are no formal prerequisites for the course, but there will be some use of high school algebra and graph reading skills.

This course is open to all students. It is especially appropriate either for students of music who want to know more about science or for students of science who want to know more about music. If you are interested in how music works, be it Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Harry Partch, John Coltrane, Mickey Hart, Steve Reich, Benny Goodman or Louis Armstrong, or any musical genre, this course will interest you. The course fulfills the UVM College of Arts and Sciences Natural Science requirement (without lab), worth 3 credit hours.

Virtual Laboratory

The Physics of Music and Musical Instruments is not a formal lab course, but there will be a virtual laboratory component, in which students will be asked to measure or record acoustic environments around campus and report on their findings. There will also be a series of guided acoustic exercises, delivered over the world wide web, designed to enhance the understanding of the core concepts of the course, through hands-on manipulation of sounds and waves.

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When and Where:

Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 to 2:15 in B-112 Angell Auditorium or in various concert halls around the UVM campus.

Instructor:

The instructor for this course is Dr. Malcolm Sanders a faculty member of the UVM Physics Department, a lover of music of many kinds, and fiddler of long standing.


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