Physics in Music for high school teachers

led by Dan Boye of Davidson College

The harmonic series, defined by a simple linear relation, is ubiquitous in music. It can be used to derive the selected pitches found in music from many cultures. In addition, all instruments that generate a well-defined pitch do so by resonating frequencies that comprise a harmonic series. This workshop will use simple, hands-on demonstrations that can be easily integrated into classroom exercises as well as readily available computer demonstrations to explore the harmonic series.