Tentative Schedule - Physics 2030K - Spring 2000
Dr. C. R. (Rod) Nave-Off: 456 Science Center Annex-Phone 651-3221
Lab Office 230 Science Center, 651-3355, Email RodNave@gsu.edu
                   Class meets TT 9:30-10:45 in Room 526 Kell

Text: The Physics of Sound 2nd Ed. by Berg and Stork
A lab packet for Physics 2030K should be obtained from The Print Shop
Jan 11 Ch 1, Exercises 4,6,8,9,11   Feb 8 Ch 6, Paper outline due
Jan 13 Ch 1, Basic physical              Feb 10 Ch 6 Sound levels
Jan 18 Ch 2,Ex 1,2,4,6,10               Feb 15  Ch 6
Jan 20 Ch 2                                       Feb 17 Ch 4, Ex 3,4,5,6,7
 Lab: Intro to Periodic Motion           Lab: Cavity resonance
Jan 25 Ch 3, Topics from Ch 10      Feb 22  Ch 4, Topics from Ch 12
Jan 27 Ch 3,Ex 1,3,5,6                    Feb 24 Ch 5, Ex 1
 Lab: Resonance Tube, Velocity       Lab: Musical Instrument
  of Sound in Air                                      Tones
Feb 1 Quiz 1                                     Feb 29 Quiz 2
Feb 3 Ch 6, Ex 2,3,5,11,13             Mar 2 Ch 7, Ex 1,7,8,10
  Lab: Kundt's Tube, Velocity           Lab: Musical Instrument
  of sound in solids                                  Tones

Mar 7 Spring Break                           Apr 4 Ch 10
Mar 9 Spring Break                           Apr 7 Ch 10
Mar 14 Ch 7 Loudspeakers               Apr 11 Ch 11
Mar 16  Ch 8, Ex 1,2                        Apr 13 Ch 11,12 Paper Due
 Lab:  Sound Analysis
Mar 21 Ch 8                                      Apr 18 Ch 12
Mar 23 Ch 9                                      Apr 20 Quiz 4
Lab: Sound Spectrum Analyzer

Mar 28 Ch 9                                     Apr 25 Sound reproduction
Mar 30 Quiz 3                                   Apr 27 Special topics
  Lab: Loudspeaker Resonance

May 4, Thursday, 8 AM Final examination in regular classroom.

*  Mar 3 is the last day to withdraw without a mandatory WF

Notes and General Information:

Grading: There will be four 1hr quizzes, a paper which be graded as equivalent to a 1hr quiz, and a comprehensive final exam which will count twice as much as a 1hr quiz. The total of those grades will constitute 75% of the final grade. The laboratory counts 25% of the grade. No grade is assigned without completion of the laboratory.

Make-ups: A comprehensive make-up quiz will be given during the week of Apr 24 for anyone who misses one of the regular class quizzes for a reason acceptable to the instructor. There is no provision for making up two missed exams. Laboratory attendance is mandatory; i.e., a missed laboratory will be averaged as a zero in the lab grade. The lowest lab grade will be dropped, but make-up labs will not be available.

Physics 2030K Paper

Since Physics 2030K is a broad survey of a large number of acoustics topics, the depth of coverage of any given topic is limited. The intent of the paper requirement  is to get you to explore one sound topic of your choice in somewhat greater depth than the general coverage in the course. Many people in the past have used this as an opportunity to study the acoustics of an instrument they played, or the acoustics of the voice, the hearing process, auditorium acoustics, the principles of operation of some sound reproduction hardware, etc., etc. The main limitation on the nature of the paper is that it should explore the physical principles involved, i.e., "How does it work?", or "What does it do and how does it do it?" Although some historical background may be desirable, the paper should not be primarily a historical survey.
A typical length for a paper is 7 or 8 pages, double-spaced typing. You should have at least two outside references other than the class textbook. 20% of the paper grade will be based on the bibliography with a possibility of a small amount of extra credit. You should have a bibliography with all references consulted and with a one or two sentence comment on the usefulness and quality of that reference. You should also note where you found the reference and include the call number if you got it from the GSU or other local library.  Footnotes are not required, but any significant new information or any numerical data should be referenced to its source, say by a superscript or bracketed number referring to the numbered bibliography. It is not necessary to separate the bibliography and a "references cited" list.   The following examples the desired form for bibliography entries:

 Hutchins, C.M., "The Physics of Violins," Scientific American
         Vol 207, November, 1962, p79.

 Backus, John, The Acoustical Foundations of Music, 2nd Ed.,  New York:W.W. Norton Co.,(1977).

We can provide some references, but if you choose to study some recent topic in sound reproduction, the current periodicals will be the best sources and we will not be that up-to-date in our bibliography.  A useful source of up-to-date information about consumer products, including all kinds of audio and electronic devices, is Consumers Index to Product Evaluations and Information Sources. Its call number in the GSU library is TX335.C676 .