(Requirement: 3 credits)
Students are required to take 3 credits in the area of Physical Sciences. SCI300 fulfills the CJC Physical Sciences General Studies requirements and is offered at the CJC. Please note: The Physical Sciences General Studies requirement is not transferable from another institution. This requirement must be fulfilled at the CJC.
Physics of Sound and Music
3 credits, 3 hours lecture/lab
An exploration of the mechanics and perception of music — from the energy that excites the vibrating object and the space through which its waves propagate, to the human ear and brain that experience it as music and reshape it through design. Topics include: wave properties; sound production and timbre; acoustics and psychoacoustics; pitch, tuning and temperament; and music technology. Through an understanding of music from a scientific perspective, students work toward expanding and building on their experience and sensibilities as musicians. While incorporating some basic mathematics, this course focuses primarily on a conceptual understanding of complex phenomena.