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Our Physics of Music course is an integration of physics and music. We start with the mathematical structure of music, including scales, harmonies and chords. We discuss musical styles and how they differ. After an introduction of physics concepts, including waves,resonances, forces, energy and fluid flow, the physical structure of instruments in the various groups are studied. Connection is made of the instruments and how they reproduce the mathematical nature of music. Finally, venue acoustics are investigated. The course integrates different styles of learning by integrating different learning modes. The classes include lecture/demonstration, discussion, in-class laboratories and a final individual project encompassing many course elements. The constant connection between the physics and the music, along with varied learning techniques, including hands-on experience, provides a motivating approach for non-science majors to experience science in a familiar context.


Author Posting. © 2014 Acoustical Society of America. This article is posted here by permission of the Acoustical Society of America for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA), Volume 18, 2014.

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