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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Aug 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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PHYS 1204 - Physics of Musical Sound

(crosslisted) MUSIC 1466  
(PBS-AS)      
Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Enrollment limited to: 60 students. Assumes no scientific background but uses high school algebra.  Open to all students and suitable for non-scientists; does not serve as prerequisite for further science courses.

K. Selby.

Explores musical sound from a physics point of view. Topics include how various musical instruments work; pitch, timbre, scales, intervals, and tunings; hearing; human voice and room acoustics. This course is a Writing In The Majors Course: both science writing and physics problem-solving skills are developed through weekly assignments. Student activities include hands-on investigations of musical instruments and field trips. Students write a term paper investigating a topic of their choice. At the level of The Science of Sound by Rossing, Moore, and Wheeler.



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