Course Description Information:

 

For SUMMER 2016 course listings, visit the Tufts Summer Session website: https://ase.tufts.edu/summer/

Course Schedule Spring 2016:

COURSE TITLE INSTRUCTOR BLOCK DAYS/ TIME ROOM
PHY 0002 01
PHY 0002 02
Introductory Physics 2 w/Lab A. Napier
H. Beauchemin
E+
G+
MW10:30 – 11:45 am
MW 1:30-2:45 pm
Barnum 104
PHY 0011 General Physics 1 w/Lab D. Hammer D+ TR 10:30-11:45 am Barnum 104
PHY 0011 01
PHY 0011 02
General Physics 2 w/Lab N. Lowhorn F+
H+
TR 12:00-1:15 pm 
TR 1:30-2:45 pm
Barnum 104
PHY 0016 04 Special Topics: Science and Engineering of Music Johnson D+ TR 10:30-11:45 am 177 College Ave. Rm 115
PHY 0025 Biophysics C. Staii E+ MW10:30-11:45 am 574 Boston Ave.
Room 404
PHY 0041 Electronics R. Tobin D+ TR 10:30 – 11:45 am STC 120
PHY 0052 Thermal Physics H. Gallagher H+ TR 1:30-2:45 pm 574 Boston Ave.
Room 204
PHY 0062 Quantum Theory 2 P. Love K+ MW 4:30 – 5:45 pm 574 Boston Ave.
Room 202
PHY 0064 Experimental Modern Physics K. Sliwa I+ and ARR W 3:00 – 3:15 pm 574 Boston Ave.
Room 316
PHY 0072 Introduction to Solids P. Cebe J+ TR 3:00 – 4:15 pm 574 Boston Ave.
Room 204
PHY 0103
(1/2 credit)
Teaching for TAs R. Tobin F+ F 12:00-1:15 pm 574 Boston Ave.
Room 401
PHY 0107
(1/2 credit)
Astronomy & Physics Seminar (Journal Club) K. Sliwa ARR 5:00 – 6:30 pm 574 Boston Ave.
Room 401
PHY 0146 Electromagnetic Theory 2 T. Atherton F+ TR 12:00 – 1:15 pm 574 Boston Ave.
Room 204
PHY 0153  Statistical Mechanics M. Hertzberg G+ MW 1:30 – 2:45 pm Brom-Pearson
Room 005
PHY 0164 Quantum Physics 2 T. Mann H+ TR 1:30 – 2:45 pm 574 Boston Ave.
Room 204
COURSE TITLE INSTRUCTOR BLOCK DAYS/   TIME ROOM
AST 0006 From the Big Bang to Humankind D. Walt
V. Campbell
D+ TR 10:30 – 11:45 am Pearson 104
AST 0009 Concepts of the Cosmos D. Marchesini G+ MW 1:30-2:45 pm Cabot Aud.
AST 0032 Galactic and Extragalactic A. Sajina E+ MW 10:30 – 11:45 am 574 Boston Ave.
Room 401
AST 0101 Radio Astronomy K. Lang L+ TR 4:30 – 15:45 pm 574 Boston Ave.
Room 204

 

Course Schedule Spring 2016 (PDF)

Guide to Tufts Introductory Physics Courses

 

Special Topics Course:

Physics 16-04:  Special Topics: The Science and Engineering of Music

Instructor:  Dr. Aaron Johnson

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:45 am

200 Boston Ave, Suite G810

An interdisciplinary project-based course investigating the physical basis and understanding of musical sounds, their creation, propagation, characterization and perception.

Units of study will include characterizing a musical note, scale, and musical instrument; how string and wind instruments produce sound; room acoustics; psychoacoustics; and modeling of sound and music.  This course will feature multiple labs and a final project, in which multidisciplinary groups of students will work together to model, build, and/or characterize virtual and physical instruments of their own creation.  This pilot course is cross-listed with mechanical engineering (ME 194) and music (MUS 197).   Students from different disciplines will research and study topics related to that discipline, and make connections with related topics from the other disciplines through weekly group discussions.  

Students who take the class through physics will focus on the mathematical modeling of sound and instruments. These students will learn how to model simple and complex sounds, and then compare these models to real-world measurements.  Topics may include:

  • The wave equation
  • Sound radiation from monopoles and dipoles
  • Fourier transforms
  • Mathematical models of vibrating strings
  • Mathematical models of air columns
  • Reflection, attenuation, and absorption
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Physical modeling of instruments

Prerequisite:  Physics 12

This course may count towards the major or minor in physics, and replaces Physics 10 in the requirements for the Music Engineering minor.