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Physics Behind Music An Introduction


Bryan H. Suits, Michigan Technological University
Published 2023


This engaging undergraduate text uses the performance, recording, and enjoyment of music to present basic principles of physics. The narrative lays out specific results from physics, as well as some of the methodology, thought processes, and 'interconnectedness' of physics concepts, results, and ideas. Short chapters start with basic definitions and everyday observations and ultimately work through standard topics, including vibrations, waves, acoustics, and electronics applications. Each chapter includes problems, some of which are suited for longer-term projects, and suggestions for…

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  • Flexible organization – chapters are short, so the instructor can select chapters of interest and skip others
  • Readers do not need a background in physics or music, but should have some knowledge of algebra, plane geometry, and simple graphs and functions
  • End-of-chapter summaries and problems encourage readers to reflect on the material and check their understanding

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