Welcome to the Home page for Physics 1600: The Physics of Music at Middle Tennessee State University.  The purpose of the web pages that link off this page is to provide a number of items COURSE MATERIALS
The Syllabus
Special Project requirements and ideas
Dr. Robertson's Home Page
E-mail me a question.
The syllabus gives an approximate schedule of when the following lectures will be given in class.  As you will soon find out I may not always keep to the schedule; however, it will be pretty obvious from the class what topic we are covering.  It needs to be emphasized that the following web pages are merely supplemental.  I will cover the material in more detail in class.  Furthermore, in making up the quizzes I tend to draw on subjects that crop up as questions or areas of particular emphasis in class.  In other words do not be tempted to substitute the online documents for coming to class--it will hurt your grade, plus you will miss the myriad of cool demos that I try to mix in throughout the semester!
Measurement and Units
The Simple Harmonic Oscillator
Structure of the ear
Loudness and Decibels
Standing Waves
Pure and complex tones
            Ohm's Law of Hearing
Time, Frequency and spectrum
Musical Intervals and Scales
"Scientific" theory of consonance
Room Acoustics
Tools:  A big component of many of the special projects involves taking a spectrum of the instrument you build.  Here is a nice little freeware tool for the PC that lets you acquire a spectrum from a sound file recording (.wav file).  You can down load from me directly by clicking here or from the author's own web page.

Miscellaneous:  Here are links to some extraneous acoustic demos, knick-knacks, and other weakly relevant items concerned with acoustics that I have created.

Acoustic Demos I have made
Physics of the Didjeridu
BBC World Service Interview