week | date | (reading) | daily topics, links & demos | worksheets |
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1 | Sept 21 W | website | Periodic sounds, frequency, functions | funcs, soln |

22 Th X-hr | Resources page |
Tool session: using `audacity`
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23 F | 2.3, 3.1-3.2, 5.4-5.4.2 | Pure tones, sinusoidal and circular motion. musical frequencies, addition formula (also here) | addn, soln | |

26 M | 3.3, 6.7 | Combining tones, beats, perfect intervals | zerocross | |

2 | 28 W | 2.8, 6.4.1 | HW1 due. Fourier series
(use this), the harmonic series, and the first of many auditory illusions
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29 Th X-hr | Resources page | Using `praat`
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30 F | 2.8.3 | Spectrogram, partials (touch tone info). | fourier | |

Oct 3 M | 3.6-3.9, 3.10.2-3.13 | Missing fundamental, Tuning systems (pythagorean, and just intonation) | pythag | |

3 | 5 W | 2.5, 3.10.1 | HW2 due. Complex
sounds:
perceived pitch (bells),
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6 Th X-hr | - | Quiz 1
(answers, 30 mins, start at 12:00pm,
bring calculators)
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7 F | Benson 4.1-4.6 | Helmholtz theory of dissonance | diss | |

10 M | 4.20, 7.4.6, 7.8 | Travelling waves, speed of sound, echoes, spacetime diagrams. | ||

4 | 12 W | 7.12 | HW3 due. Doppler effect
(applet) and the Hammond organ (Leslie)
| doppler |

14 F | 4.19.3-4.24.2 |
Class visit by Brentano String Quartet [their concert is
8pm]. Loudness and intensity,
decibels | dB | |

18 M | 1.2.2-4, 5.3, 8.1-8.3.1 | Sounds sources: oscillators | accel | |

5 | 19 W | 8.10.1 | HW4 due. Damping and
Q-factor. | decay |

20 Th X-hr | - | practise exam problem session (practise problems, 2007 exam [solutions], 2008 exam [solutions], 2010 exam [solutions], flashcards) | ||

Midterm: Thursday
Oct 20, 6-8 pm, Kemeny 201 (solutions)
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21 F | Complex vibration modes of extended bodies (eg two masses, Chladni plates) | |||

24 M | 8.5-8.7.1 | Damping and excitation of modes. Lowest mode of an elastic string. | hitbar | |

6 | 26 W | HW5 due. Damping and excitation of
strings. Bowing.
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27 Th X-hr | - | |||

28 F | 8.7.5 | Plucked and bowed strings. Pipe resonances. | ||

31 M | 8.7.4, 8.3.3 | More pipes, register keys, clarinet modes, Helmholtz resonator. | openclosed | |

7 | Nov 2 W | 8.9 | HW6 due.
(Stretched
partials.)
Resonance.
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4 F | this | Human voice: speech, formants, vocal tract shape, vowels, singing. sopranos, von Kempelen's machine. | ||

7 M | 7.10, 7.13.2, 8.10.1, App.7 | Singing. Architectural acoustics: reverberation and early reflections. | ||

8 | 9 W | HW7 due.
Derive Sabine's formula. Ray reflection, method of images.
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10 Th X-hr | Quiz 2 (35 mins, bring calculators) (answers)
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11 F | 7.8, 7.11 |
Deadline to choose project topics.
Multiple images and lattices.
wave phenomena. | image | |

14 M | Interference and diffraction of waves. | |||

9 | 16 W | HW8 due. Human hearing: anatomy, frequency
sensitivity.
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18 F | Human hearing: directional sensing, frequency masking. | direction | ||

21 M | electronic music recording and reproduction. sampling | sampling | ||

24 W - 28 Su: --------- Thanksgiving recess
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28 M | - | Math in music composition, (Paganini 24th Caprice theme, Rachmaninov Rhapsody Op.43, inversion of melody). | groups | |

10 | 30 W | - | Project Presentation Mini-Conference (in usual lecture slot) | |

Dec 1 Th X-hr | - | Finish Project Presentations. Exam review session. practise questions. 2007 final (solutions), 2008 final (solutions). 2010 final (solutions). | ||

Final Exam:
Monday Dec 5, 8am, Kemeny 108
(solutions)
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Project write-ups due at my office, 5pm, Tues Dec 6. |