Dr. Dan Boye, Spring 2010
Office: Dana 134
Phone: 894-2394    daboye@davidson.edu

PHYSICS 115
MUSICAL TECHNOLOGY

Text: The Science of Sound, 3rd ed., Thomas Rossing, Richard Moore, and Paul Wheeler
Lecture: TTh 1:00-2:15, Dana 146
Appointments: I am generally available from 9:00-5:00 M-F.  Communication with me by email is very reliable.  If my office light is on and I'm not there, check in the Dana basement (Room B36) or in the Physics Office.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
We will study the properties of sound, light and electricity as it pertains to the production, propagation, and perception of audible acoustic waves in the form of music. It will be geared toward a non-technical audience, however, algebra and trig techniques must be used to discuss some points.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Attendance: Attendance at class follows the College's 25% rule. It is one of the primary responsibilities of the student to attend each and every class. There will be an attendance sheet located in the classroom. Initialing the sheet qualifies as an honor code pledge. Each student is responsible for the material discussed in class and the announcements made in class. Absence from class does not relieve one from these responsibilities.

Students are required to attend the performance of Opera Carolina's production of Carmen on Thursday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte. Discount tickets will be available to the class. If there is a conflict, you must see Dr. Boye to make arrangements to see another performance on March 13, 14 or 20.

Performances: Students are required to attend three musical performances in three different locations. To receive credit, bring a Pledged program to a 5-10 minute conversation with Dr. Boye within a week of the performance. You will be asked to comment on such things as overall impressions, performance practices, hall acoustics, amplification system, special effects, etc. The dates of the performances must lie between February 28 and May 5.  You must attend two of these performances before April 23. The Carmen performance may count as one but you still have to come by for a conversation within a week of the performance. A list of acceptable events at the College and in the area will be provided. Other events may qualify, but you must get approval from Dr. Boye before the concert.

Homework: Problems will be assigned for each chapter. Discussion among class members regarding homework problem strategies and solutions is strongly encouraged; however, copying another student's work from this class is a violation of the honor code. The word Pledged along with your signature and the date written on your homework signifies your compliance with this requirement. Unsupported answers will not receive full credit. If you need help, please see me.

Reviews: There will be three in-class reviews consisting of some combination of discussion, short answer, definition, and computational questions. The computational questions will require no more than algebra and trigonometry. Calculators may be used. The problems will be similar to but not the same as the homework problems.

Final Exam: There will be a comprehensive self-scheduled exam. 

Grades: The final grade will be approximately based on the traditional 10 point scale, with 100 points being the maximum. It will be comprised of the following contributions:

Attendance 15% Homework 15% Reviews 45% Final Exam 25%

 

CLASS SCHEDULE

Date Chapter  Date Chapter
1/12 1 3/11 Voice
1/14 2 3/16 Voice
1/19 3 3/18 Carmen Review II (7,9,23,25, Voice)
1/21 3,4 3/23 18
1/26 4 3/25 18
1/28 5 3/30 19
2/2 5,6 4/1 19,20
2/4 6 4/6 Easter Break
2/9 7 4/8 20
2/11 Review I (1-6) 4/13 21
2/16 7 4/15 21,22
2/18 9 4/20 22
2/23 23 4/22 29.12
2/25 23,25 4/27 Digital Speech
3/1-3/5 Spring Break 4/29 Review III (18-22,29.12)
3/9 25, Voice 5/4 Digital Speech, Wrap-up

5/7-12 Self-Scheduled Exam