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2021-2022 Catalog 
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PHY 116 - Music: Sound with Impact (=MUS 116)


Scientific principles applied to musical sound production, propagation, storage, detection, and perception. Students will work individually and in teams to analyze and appreciate diverse world music styles, create and play instruments, and examine current practices in live performance. Class meets for 1 hour 3 times/week in a combined discussion/presentation setting and 3 hours of laboratory activity per week.

Satisfies a requirement in the Experimental Physics minor.

Satisfies a requirement in the Music major and minor.
Satisfies the Natural Science requirement.
Does not count for credit in the Physics major.

Prerequisites & Notes
Who Should Take This Class?  This class welcomes all Davidson students, especially first- and second-year students that have not yet chosen a major, non-science major students, and anyone who loves music. There are no math or science prerequisites, and no prior experience in physics is expected. Of course, we will need to use math - at the level of high school algebra and trigonometry - in this course. The creative and open-ended nature of the labs and final project will give all students the opportunity to work at an appropriate and rewarding level consistent with relevant STEM preparation. Students of all cultures, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome, valued, and appreciated in this class.