ISP 215: THE SCIENCE OF SOUND - Fall Semester 2014
Web page: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~pumplin/isp215/
Class: Tuesday & Thursday 12:40-2:00pm in room 1415 BPS
Professor: J. Pumplin (phone (517) 884-5563, e-mail pumplin@msu.edu)
Office hours: Rm 3240 BPS 1:00-3:00pm Wednesday, or by appt.
Course Pack: Principles of Musical Acoustics by W.M. Hartmann, available at Student Bookstore (Grand River)
Clicker: i-clicker (required)
Topics and assignments
Ch = Chapters of the course pack to read
Ex = Recommended exercises to look at before class.
1 Th 8/28 Science and acoustics (Ch.1); Simple harmonic motion,
frequency, period, amplitude, sine function (Ch.2); Ex. 2.1-2.5, 2.7-2.9
2 Tu 9/2 Natural modes of vibration, multimode systems, spectrum
(Ch.2 and Ch.3); Ex. 3.1-3.5, 3.8
3 Th 9/4 Resonance, linear systems, adding waves (Ch.3); Ex. 3.7-3.12
[Quiz 1: mainly on Chapters 1, 2, 3]
4 Tu 9/9 Transducers, electronic tools (Ch.4); Ex. 4.1-4.4, 4.8-4.9
5 Th 9/11 Sound waves, polarization, speed of sound (Ch.5); Ex. 5.1-5.9
[Quiz 2: mainly on Chapters 3, 4]
6 Tu 9/16 Waves in space and time, wavelength (Ch.5); Ex. 5.10-12, 5.15-5.16
7 Th 9/18 Interference, beats, reflection, refraction, diffraction
(Ch.6); Ex. 6.1-6.6, 6.8
[Quiz 3: mainly on Chapters 4, 5]
8 Tu 9/23 Standing waves on strings (Ch.7); Ex. 7.1-7.8, 7.10-11
9 Th 9/25 Standing waves in pipes (Ch. 8); Ex. 8.1-8.13
[Quiz 4: mainly on Chapters 6, 7]
10 Tu 9/30 Fourier analysis and synthesis, periodicity (Ch.9); Ex. 9.1-7
11 Th 10/2 Sound radiation, intensity, decibels (Ch.10); Ex. 10.1-10.7
[Quiz 5: mainly on Chapter 8, 9]
12 Tu 10/7 dB drill, Auditory anatomy (Ch. 10, 11); Ex. 11.1-11.7
13 Th 10/9 Auditory physiology, cochlear tuning (Ch. 11, 12); Ex. 12.1-12.13
[Quiz 6: mainly on Chapters 10, 11]
14 Tu 10/14 Loudness and pitch (Ch. 12, 13); Ex. 13.1-13.5
15 Th 10/16 Localization of sound (Ch.14); Ex. 14.1-14.8
[Quiz 7: mainly on Chapters 12, 13]
16 Tu 10/21 Walls; reflection, transmission, absorption (Ch.15); Ex. 15.1-15.6
17 Th 10/23 Room acoustics, reverberation (Ch. 15); Ex. 15.7-15.11
[Quiz 8: mainly on Chapters 14, 15]
18 Tu 10/28 The Rooms Experience
19 Th 10/30 Audio and electroacoustic transducers (Ch.16); Ex. 16.1-16.4, 16.6-16.10
[Quiz 9: mainly on Chapters 14, 15]
20 Tu 11/4 Nonlinearity and distortion (Ch. 17); Ex. 17.1-17.9
21 Th 11/6 Audio systems (Ch. 18); Ex. 18.1-18.6
[Quiz 10: mainly on Chapters 17, 18]
22 Tu 11/11 Loudspeakers (Ch. 19); Ex. 19.1-19.5, 19.8
23 Th 11/13 Digital audio (Ch. 20); Ex. 20.1-20.13
[Quiz 11: mainly on Chapters 18, 19]
24 Tu 11/18 Anatomy, singing, phonemes and formants (Ch. 22); Ex. 22.1-22.8
25 Th 11/20 Spectrograms, Brass instruments (Ch. 23); Ex. 23.1, 23.3, 23.5-6
[Quiz 12: mainly on Chapters 20, 22]
26 Tu 11/25 Woodwind instruments (Ch. 24); Ex. 24.1-3, 24.5-7, 24.10
Th 11/27 Thanksgiving Holiday
27 Tu 12/2 String instruments (Ch. 25); Ex. 25.1-2, 25.5-6
28 Th 12/4 Percussion instruments, Course review, Evaluation (Ch. 26);
Ex. 26.1, 26.2, 26.6
FINAL EXAM: Thursday 12/11/2014 12:45-2:45pm in our normal classroom.
Quizzes: Every Thursday except first and last week of class. Quizzes will cover
the chapters listed, previous material, and material discussed in class.
BRING A CALCULATOR FOR QUIZZES AND FINAL. PHONES ARE NOT ALLOWED!
Grading: Each quiz counts 20 points. Lowest quiz score will
be dropped ==> 11 x 20 = 220 points.
Comprehensive final exam counts 100 points.
Clicker points: Additional points up to a maximum of 20 will be
awarded based on your total i-clicker score. Each clicker
question after the two classes is awarded 2 for the correct
answer or 1 for incorrect answer. Your lowest 3 clicker
scores will be dropped to allow for any days that you might
forget to bring your clicker to class. Your clicker
total will be scaled by a factor that makes the maximum
possible score equal to 20 points.
Extra credit: A small number of additional points may be available
for making demonstrations during class; or for writing a
short paper involving one of the topics studied in class.