Examine the physics of waves, sound, & music Thur.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside College of Natural and Health Sciences presents a Science Night program Thursday, April 25, on the science of waves. The presentation "The Physics of Waves, Sound, and Music" with UW-Parkside physics lecturer Dileep Karanth and students in his Physics of Music class, begins at 7 p.m. in room 103 of Greenquist Hall.
While the performance or appreciation of music often requires specialized training, Dr. Karanth said the basic physical principles of music are easy to understand.
"Armed with the knowledge of frequency (pitch) and intensity (volume), students can learn related concepts like wavelength and can understand Fourier's Theorem, the mathematical basis for wave motion," he said. "Understanding that sound is another name for mechanical vibrations (waves), leads to an appreciation of the deep connections between mechanics, sound (air waves), and light (electromagnetic waves)."
Dr. Karanth has taught physics at UW-Parkside since 2006. His doctorate is in Computational Condensed Matter, and his present research interests are in statistical mechanics. The students joining him for this presentation are from the Physics of Music class and come from a number of different backgrounds, including music.
"The Physics of Waves, Sound, and Music"is free and open to the public. High school and middle school students and faculty with an interest in math and science are encouraged to attend. Admission is free and parking in the Student Center lot is free after 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the UW-Parkside College of Natural and Health Sciences and MidSci, participants can register to win a drawing for Milwaukee Brewers tickets courtesy of Liberty Mutual and purchase raffle tickets to win a $900 Dell laptop computer to be awarded at the May 8 Science Night.For more information, call 262-595-2172.