Course Description Information:

Course Schedule Spring 2016:

PHY 0002 01
PHY 0002 02
Introductory Physics 2 w/Lab A. Napier
H. Beauchemin
MW10:30 – 11:45 am
MW 1:30-2:45 pm
PHY 0011 General Physics 1 w/Lab D. Hammer D+ TR 10:30-11:45 am TBD
PHY 0011 01
PHY 0011 02
General Physics 2 w/Lab N. Lowhorn F+
TR 12:00-1:15 pm 
TR 1:30-2:45 pm
PHY 0016 o4 Special Topics: Science and Engineering of Music Johnson D+ TR 10:30-11:45 am TBD
PHY 0025 Biophysics  C. Staii E+ MW10:30-11:45 am TBD
PHY 0041 Electronics R. Tobin D+ TR 10:30 – 11:45 am TBD
PHY 0052 Thermal Physics H. Gallagher H+ TR 1:30-2:45 pm TBD
PHY 0062 Quantum Theory 2 P. Love K+ MW 4:30 – 5:45 pm TBD
PHY 0064 Experimental Modern Physics K. Sliwa I+ and ARR W 3:00 – 3:15 pm TBD
PHY 0072 Introduction to Solids P. Cebe J+ TR 3:00 – 4:15 pm TBD
PHY 0103
(1/2 credit)
Teaching for TAs R. Tobin F+ F 12:00-1:15 pm TBD
PHY 0107
(1/2 credit)
Astronomy & Physics Seminar (Journal Club) K. Sliwa ARR 5:00 – 6:30 pm TBD
PHY 0146 Electromagnetic Theory 2 T. Atherton F+ TR 12:00 – 1:15 pm TBD
PHY 0153  Statistical Mechanics M. Hertzberg G+ MW 1:30 – 2:45 pm TBD
PHY 0164 Quantum Physics 2 A. Mann H+ TR 1:30 – 2:45 pm TBD
PHY 0295 Thesis ARR ARR ARR
PHY 0297 Graduate Research ARR ARR ARR
AST 0006 From the Big Bang to Humankind Walt D+ TR 10:30 – 11:45 am TBD
AST 0009 Concepts of the Cosmos D. Marchesini G+ MW 1:30-2:45 pm TBD
AST 0032 Galactic and Extragalactic A. Sajina E+ MW 10:30 – 11:45 am TBD
AST 0101 Radio Astronomy K. Lang L+ TR 4:30 – 15:45 pm TBD


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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.