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Descriptive Acoustics of Music and Speech
ACOUSTICS
CLASS CODE: PH 167 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Physical Science requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Introductory acoustics course surveying the physical principles underlying the production and perception of sound, music and speech.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: An introductory acoustics course emphasizing the physical principles underlying the production and perception of sound, speech, and music.
A. Physical and Acoustic Background
B. The Ear and Hearing
C. Listening Environments
D. The Human Voice and Speech
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Experience and understand basic physical fundamentals and the key vocabulary to describe it:oscillations, wave properties, types of waves, wave interference, synthesis of waves, standing waves, complex waves (superposition).
2.Identify parts of the ear, parts of the vocal mechanism, effect of each part of vocal mechanism on speech and singing.
3.Experience the difference between sound levels, the parts of complex sound individually.
4.Perform basic calculations and solve problems with Newton’s Laws, Inverse square law, Sound Pressure levels (dB), Total Absorption, Reverberation Time, Graphically create the sum of several simple waveforms.
5.Apply understanding of the physical processes above to musical instruments, the process of hearing sound and how the ear works, the process of perceiving sound, musical scales and harmony, understanding hearing impairments, the effects of listening environments on sound, the production of speech.
REQUIREMENTS: Students will be evaluated with exams, and some homework assignments. Concurrent registration in Ph 167L. Some faculty may require regular preparation assignments, quizzes, or synthesis summaries. Because the course requires the lab to accompany it, exam questions in the course may address concepts that are revisited in the lab.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1983