Dr. Dan Boye , Spring 2005
Office: Dana 134
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.

Phone: 894-2394

Physics 115
Musical Technology

Course Syllabus
Performance Calendar

The class will attend Opera Carolina's production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca on March 31. Directions to the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Giacomo Puccini

(1858 - 1924)


Tosca synopsis 

Pictures of characters

Supplementary Material:

Wave Motion
Speed of Sound Exercise
Doppler Effect Demo

Superposition Physlet

Interference and Diffraction
How the Ear Works

Physiology of the Ear

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

Fletcher-Munson diagram
Psycho-acoustical Exercises


Decibel Size

dBA, dBB, dBC scales

Room Acoustics Exercise
Measuring Reverberation Time
Criteria for judging room acoustics
Calculation of Reverberation Time
Calculation Example
Musical Epochs
Hi-Fi Criteria
Speaker Placement

Sound Clip Search site

Windows Media Player Visualization Site
Just Noticeable Difference
Virtual Pitch

Phase Information & Hearing
Fundamental Statements of Fourier Analysis
Vibrato: amplitude and frequency

Primary Beats and Combination Tones

Harmonic Series
Linear and Logarithmic Scales

Java2 Sound Tool
PlotFunction and Data Physlet
Magnetism Exercise
Standing wave Exercise

Huffman Coding
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 San Francisco's Exploratorium Find Sounds Digital Encoding Patent Active Noise Control Dolby Labs DVD Specs
Martin Guitar Lissajous Demo Sound Barrier Yamaha Klipsch Horns Dolby Tech Info Digital AV
Auditory Research NYC Opera links   Crutchfield Solen Electronique AudioTechnica Mikes Pinnacle Speakers (Diaduct)
Flute History Kaman Music Recorder Homepage Classroom Standards Bose Neumann Mikes Sony
Recorded History ecoustics.com   Room Criteria TDK recordable media NXT flat panel speakers NXT home