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p288_01_w11_nq - PAT 102/Physics 288/489 Winter 2011...

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PAT 102/Physics 288/489 Winter 2011 Lecture 1 Introduction Pentatonic Scales
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Acoustics and Psychoacoustics • Acoustics – The science of sound – Musical acoustics focuses on Generation of sound by musical instruments Propagation to the listener Perception of the sound by the human brain • Psychoacoustics – The study of how we hear and perceive sound
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The Physics of Music • Physics – The scientific study of how the physical universe behaves – Uses the scientific method Observations, Hypotheses, Predictions, Tests • Music – “Art of the Muses” – The art of arranging tones or sounds (usually to produce a pleasing result)
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Course Objectives Develop an appreciation of both the physics and beauty of music Apply the scientific method to the study of sound Develop creative problem solving and quantitative reasoning skills
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Course Components PAT102 P288 P489 Lecture Participation 20% 15% Read text before lecture i>clicker questions Homework 30% 25% Weekly assignments due Wed in class Midterm exam 20% 15% Wed, Feb 23 in class Final exam 30% 25% Thurs, April 21 1:30-3:30 pm P489 project 20% Physics 489 students only All information is available on CTools Scores will be posted on the CTools gradebook Errors will only be corrected within two weeks
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Course Grading Grading will be on an absolute scale – 85-100 A range – 75-85 B range – 65-75 C range – 50-65 D range Scale may be adjusted lower so at least 50% will get B- or above Everyone can get an A You are encouraged to study together – But you must turn in your own work My office hours – Tues & Thurs 3-4 pm, or by appointment
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Playing Fair Some examples of academic misconduct: – Giving or receiving assistance during exams, or using unauthorized reference material – Using an i>clicker that is not your own, or asking another student to do so
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