Acoustics

Independent Study contract

Text: The Physics of Music and Musical Instruments, David Lapp.
Assignments Due Read and answer questions from pages 1 - 14. Due Experiment: Determine the speed of sound using two independent methods. Write a brief report (400 words) describing these methods and the results. Due Read and answer questions from pages 15 - 26. Due Experiment: For both a closed/open and open/open pipe with adjustable lengths, graph frequency versus pipe length. Write a brief report describing the methods and results. Due Read and answer questions from pages 27 - 39. Due Experiment: For a metal wire, graph frequency versus tension. Write a brief report describing the methods and results. Due Read and answer questions from pages 40 - 54. Due Experiment: Record four stringed instruments playing various notes and compare the FFT graphs. Write a brief report describing the methods and results. SpectrumView is a good, basic FFT program. Due Read and answer questions from pages 55 - 65. Due Experiment: Record four brass instruments playing various notes and compare the FFT graphs. Write a brief report describing the methods and results. Due Read and answer questions from pages 66 - 78. Due Experiment: Record four reed instruments playing various notes and compare the FFT graphs. Write a brief report describing the methods and results. Due Read and answer questions from pages 79 - 88. Due Experiment: Record four percussion instruments and compare the FFT graphs. Write a brief report describing the methods and results. Due Read and answer questions from pages 89 - 96. Due Experiment: Construct an instrument capable of playing a full octave of notes. Record the tones and compare the FFT graphs to those of manufactured instruments. Write a brief report describing the methods and results. Due Read and answer questions from pages 97 - 110. Due Experiment: Record performances at various positions within the school auditorium, measuring relative tone quality and loudness. Write a brief report describing the methods and results.