May 29, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 103 - Physics of Musical Sound

Basic principles of acoustics applied to the production of sound by musical instruments and the human voice. Related topics include musical scales, human hearing, sound synthesis, and recording technology. Class format emphasizes active learning. NS-Applications Natural Science  (L) (W).

Prerequisite: eligible to enroll in MATH 101.

Credits: (5)

General Education Category: NS-Applications Natural Science (L) (W). K7 - Physical & Natural World

General Education Pathways: P6 Ways of Knowing

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze and compare sounds using waveforms, spectrums, and spectrograms.
  • Describe and explain the structure of musical scales and the perception of harmony in terms of mathematical relationships
  • Collaboratively apply acoustics concepts and quantitative reasoning towards the design of a musical instrument or a scientific investigation.
  • Describe and explain how musical instruments produce their characteristic sounds in terms of basic physical mechanisms

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Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Winter Locations: Ellensburg

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