Physics | Basic Physics of Sound
P105 | 3618 | Schwandt

Description of Physics P105 - Basic Physics of Sound

P105 is a three credit-hour lecture course covering the physical
principles involved in the description, generation, detection, and
reproduction of sound. Topics discussed include physics of vibrations
and waves, harmonic decomposition of complex wave forms and harmonic
spectra, propagation of sound waves in air, standing waves and
resonance, sound loudness and decibels, room acoustics, and digital
description of sound.

This course is designed for students majoring in Music, Speech and
Hearing, Audio Technology, Telecommunications, and Interior Design as
well as other students having a general interest in the physics of
sound. The content addresses the questions of

 what exactly is sound?
 how do we quantify sound
 how is sound produced?
 how is sound perceived
 how does sound travel between a source and a receiver?
 how does the ambient environment affect sound?
 how is sound preserved and reproduced?

The only course prerequisite is high school algebra. This course does
not assume prior knowledge of physics (although it helps!).

There is no required lab for this course. However, P106, Introductory
Acoustics Laboratory, is a one credit course with laboratory
activities demonstrating and amplifying on material covered in the
lecture; this lab course is given only in the Fall semesters.

There will be weekly homework assignments, 3 one-hour in-class exams
and a comprehensive final exam. The final course grade will be based
on combined scores from exams and homework.