Introduction and Purpose
The main objective of this course is to give you an understanding of the basic physical principles underlying sound and music. It provides a clear demonstration of how physics works using a medium (sound and music) with which we are all familiar. The approach assumes no knowledge of mathematics beyond arithmetic and is designed for people with little or no physics background. Good use is made of numerous sound examples and sound analysis computer programs, including real time spectrographic analysis. This provides a graphical understanding of the physics involved. An important objective is to provide you with good familiarity with sound analysis software. For those of you majoring in music, speech, or language, the knowledge gained here will be directly useful in your occupations.