Pre-requisites: PHY101, PHY102, PHY250
Aims/Description: This module will provide an introduction to the physics of music building on physics covered in year 1 and semester 2 of year 2. The module will include the following topics: Recap of oscillations, waves and resonance, the human voice, physics of tuned and untuned percussion, musical pitch and timbre, Fourier analysis, musical scales, physics of stringed instruments, physics of wind instruments, electric instruments (based on electro-magnetic pickups and piezoelectric transducers), synthesizers (analogue and digital), sound recording and reproduction (analogue and digital), myths, legends, folklore and pseudoscience in acoustics.
Restrictions on availability: Only available to students taking single honours physics degrees and those not involving a second subject in year 1 (physics with study in North America, Physics with study in Australasia, Theoretical Physics are permitted).
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