Dr. Dan Boye , Spring 2000
Office: Dana 134
Phone: 892-2394    daboye@davidson.edu


Text: The Science of Sound, 2nd ed., Thomas Rossing
Lecture: TTh 1:00-2:15, Dana 146
Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:20 and TTh 2:30-3:30 and, by appointment, nearly any other time when not in class or lab.  If my office door is unlocked and I'm not there, I'm in the building.  Check in the Dana basement, or in Dana 126 or 146.

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.

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 Faust on Thursday, March 30 at 8:00 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 April 1 or 2.

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 1 and May 9.  You must attend two of these performances before April 22. The Faust performance may count as one. 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 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%


Date Chapter  Date Chapter
1/18 1 3/16 20
1/20 2 3/21 21
1/25 3 3/23 21
1/27 3,5 3/28 Review II (8-21)
2/1 4 3/30 23, Faust
2/3 4, Logarithms 4/4 23
2/8 6 4/6 23
2/10 6,7 4/11 24
2/15 7 4/13 25
2/17 Review I (1-7) 4/18 28
2/22 8 4/20 28
2/24 Vocal Production 4/25 Easter Break 
2/29 18 4/27 29
3/2 19 5/2 29
3/7-9 Spring Break 5/4 Review III (23-29)
3/14 20 5/9 Wrap-up

5/12-17 Self-Scheduled Exam