Important information for the course
Fredrick I. Olness (office 201 Fondren Science, phone 768-2500)
Thomas W. Tunks (office 2122 OAC, phone 768-3454)
LECTURE: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 - 3:20, Fondren Science Rm. 158
LAB: Monday (1-3pm), (3-5pm) or (5-7pm), Fondren Science Rm. 60
Labs begin Monday August 21, 2017
BEWARE: On occasion, lecture and lab may be held in different rooms.
Link to Grade sheets: Lecture and Lab
Link to the PreLab and Lab Assignments (in PDF format)
Thursday 2 November 2017
(Meadows OAC, Band Hall, OAC,- 2:00-3:20 pm)
Special lecture presentation
Thursday 19 October 2017
(class time: 2:00-3:20 pm)
Room 158 Fondren Science Building
Professor Andres Diaz
Tuesday 14 November 2017, Perkins Chapel
Professor George Baker
(Guest Lecturer for Phys 1320)
(Counts for 2 quizzes)
Make-up assignment if you missed Organ Demonstration (Due Nov. 21)
Tuesday 28 Nov
(class time: 2:00-3:20 pm)
Band Hall, Meadows School
REVIEW: Tuesday Room 60, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Room 60
(FINAL EXAM: Wednesday 13 December 2017, 11:30am-2:30pm, Room 158)
(You may bring a sandwich or snack if you like)
John Backus (Author)
"The Acoustical Foundations of Music" Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2 edition (December 1977)
Selected books will be placed on reserve.
GRADES: Components are:
GROUP PROJECT: Students can work in groups of 2 or 3 on a project of their choice. Suggestions for projects
PAPER & PRESENTATION (MPSY 5340 Only): Each student will be responsible for writing a paper 10 to 15 pages in length. You may, if you choose, submit your project in the form of a web page(s). The topic should be either the acoustics (psychoacoustics) of your own instrument or another acoustics topic of your choice. Presentations of this type are usually enhanced by a demonstration.
COURSE CONTENT: We will cover both the acoustics (physical sound properties) and the psychoacoustics (psychological, perceptual properties) of music. Topics will include sound in general, sound of musical instruments (including voice), sound characteristics of rooms, electronic production (synthesis) and reproduction of sound.
DEMONSTRATIONS: Demonstrations will be done in class sessions throughout the semester. You are encouraged to make suggestions about interesting ways to demonstrate the phenomena we are studying. Each class discussion will FOLLOW the reading of appropriate material, meaning that you will be expected to have completed the reading PRIOR to the class session for which it is listed. The same for tape listening assignments.
ASSIGNMENTS: Various problem sheets will be distributed for you to complete. Your completion of the problems is optional, and will be for your own benefit. As such, the problem sheets will not be graded. Other assignments, such as completing lab tasks and doing outside investigations will be considered under "participation".
Physics 1320 Music & Physics Prof. Tunks & Olness
Chapt. 1: Questions: 1,2,4,5, Problems: 1,2,9,11
Chapt. 2: Questions: 1,5,7,8,9 Problems: 4,5
Chapt. 3: Questions: 6,8,9 Problems: 1,3,4,5,8,11,13,17,
Chapt. 4: Questions: 2,3, Problems: 1,2,4,5,6,14
Chapt. 5: Questions: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, Problems: 1,4,8,9,10,11,12,14,16
Chapt. 6: Questions: 1,2, Problems: 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10
Chapt. 7: Questions: 1,2, Problems: 1,2,3
Chapt. 8: Questions: 1,2,3,4,5,6 Problems: 1,4,7,9
Chapt. 9: Questions: 1,2,3 Problems: 1,2,3,4