Dr. Dan Boye , Spring 2003
Office: Dana 134
Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:20, MWF 1:30-2:30, TTh 9-10 and nearly any other time by appointment
Phone: 894-2394

Physics 115
Musical Technology

Course Syllabus
Performance Calendar

The class will attend Opera Carolina's production of Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree on February 20. Directions to the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Carlisle Floyd

(1926 - present)


 Cold Sassy Tree


Cold Sassy Tree cast
Rucker Lattimore Dean Peterson
Love Simpson Marie Plette
Will Tweedy John McVeigh
Lightfoot McLendon Margaret Lloyd

Supplementary Material:

Speed of Sound Exercise
Doppler Effect Demo

Superposition Physlet

How the Ear Works

Physiology of the Ear

Basilar Membrane Movies:
 High Freq.    Medium Freq.    Low Freq.

Fletcher-Munson diagram
Psycho-acoustical Exercises


Just Noticeable Difference
Virtual Pitch

Decibel Size

Windows Media Player Visualization Site
Fundamental Statements of Fourier Analysis
Vibrato: amplitude and frequency

Primary Beats and Combination Tones
Ohm's Law of Hearing

Harmonic Series

Linear and Logarithmic Scales

SoundOut Physlet
PlotFunction Physlet
Magnetism Exercise
Standing wave Exercise

Huffman Coding

Criteria for judging room acoustics
Calculation of Reverberation Time

Pipe Organ Diagram

Books on reserve in library:
Musical Acoustics, Hall  

Links to bios of Famous Scientists involved in Acoustics:

Jules Lissajous Robert Hooke Blaise Pascal Heinrich Hertz
Isaac Newton Christian Huygens Christian Doppler Marin Mersenne
Joseph Fourier Hermann von Helmholtz Robert Moog Alexander G. Bell
Georg Ohm Michael Faraday James Watt  

Links to acoustic information and companies:

Inventor's Hall of Fame Kaman Music Yamaha NYC Opera links Active Noise Control News DVD Specs More DVD Info
Martin Guitar Lissajous Demo San Francisco's Exploratorium Another Musical Acoustics Course Klipsch Horns Dolby Tech Info Sound Barrier
Auditory Research Dolby Labs Sony Crutchfield Solen Electronique AudioTechnica Mikes Room Criteria
Room Acoustics Flute History Recorder Homepage Pinnacle Speakers (Diaduct) Bose Neumann Mikes Classroom Standards
Recorded History     Digital Encoding Patent TDK recordable media Morpheus/Grokster lawsuit