Minnesota State University Moorhead Physics 105:
Physics of Music

Fall Semester 2020

Welcome to Physics of Music!

Week

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

Lecture/labs

Reading

1
(Aug. 24-28)

Lecture1: notes

Lecture1: video

Lecture2: notes

Lecture2: video

Lab1: word doc

Lab1: video

  • Consonance
  • Musical intervals

Ch1

2
(Aug. 31-Sept. 4)

 

Lecture3: notes

Lecture3: video

HW1 due by 4pm

HW1 solutions

Lecture4: notes

Lecture4: video

Lab1
(cont.)

due by 4pm next Wed.

  • Musical scales
  • Harmonic oscillator

Ch1,Ch2

3
(Sept. 7-11)

No class

Quiz1

Lecture5: notes

Lecture5: video

Lab2: word doc

Lab2: video

  • Generator, resonator, radiator
  • Vibrating air columns
  • Brass instruments

Ch2, Interlude 1

4
(Sept. 14-18)

 

Lecture6: notes

Lecture6: video

HW2 due by 4pm

solutions

Lecture7: notes

Lecture7: video

Lab2
(cont.)

due by 4pm next Wed

  • Force, energy
  • Mass, spring
  • Equal temperament

Ch3

5
(Sept. 21-25)

 

Lecture8: notes

Lecture8: video

Quiz2

Lecture9: notes

Lecture9: video

Lab3: word doc

Lab3: video

 

  • Piano mechanism
  •  

Ch3, Interlude2

6
(Sept. 28-Oct. 2)       

 

Lecture10: notes

Lecture10: video

HW3

Lecture11: notes

Lecture11: video

Lab4: word doc

Lab4: video

  • Harmonic series

 

Ch4

7
(Oct. 5-9)

 

Quiz3

Review

  • Stringed instruments
  • Violin

Ch4, Interlude3

8
(Oct. 12-16)

No class

HW4

Midterm

  • Waves
  • Standing waves

Ch5

9
(Oct. 19-23)

 

Quiz4

Lab5: word doc

Lab5: video

  • Impedance
  • Air pipes

Ch6

10
(Oct. 26-30)

 

HW5

Lab6

  • Ear
  • Pitch recognition
  • dB, phons, sones

Ch7

11
(Nov 2-6)

Quiz5

Lab7

  • Electronic music

Ch8

12
(Nov. 9-13)

Project1

No class

Project1

  • Project topic1

 

13
(Nov. 16-20)

Project1

Project1

Projct1 due

  • Project topic 1

 

14
(Nov. 23-27)

Project2

No class

No class

  • Project topic 2

 

15
(Nov. 30-Dec. 4)

Project2

Project2

Project2

  • Project topic 2

 

16
(Dec. 7-11)

Project2

Study day

 

 

 

17
(Dec. 14-18)

Prjct2due