2007 Winter, The Physics behind Music

Rolling ripples of water on the surface of a pond, the brilliant colors of a deep rainbow, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony all come to us in the form of waves. While we all appreciate the beauty of these experiences in life without caring about the underlying physics, they become even more beautiful when we dive into the simple physical and mathematical description of such waves. The first lecture will probe the salient physics behind the most accessible form of waves — music.