Physics of Sound 301
Spring 2005


Course Supervisor and Lecturer: Prof. Jack Hughes, Busch Campus, Serin-307, Tel: (732)445-0980, e-mail:

Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Instructor: Young Jai Choi, Busch Campus, SRN-229W, Tel: (732)445-0298, e-mail:

Textbook: The Science of Sound, 3rd Edition, by T.D. Rossing, F.R. Moore, & P.A. Wheeler (required) available from the bookstore.

Overview: The scientific basis of sound: waves, vibrating systems, normal modes, Fourier analysis and synthesis, perception and measurement of sound, noise, musical instruments, room acoustics, sound recording and reproduction, electronic synthesizers, and digital sound.

Format: The course consists of 2 lectures and 1 laboratory session each week.

Grading and Assessment: Final grades will be based on the following elements

Announcements: Special announcements will be posted on the web. The home page for the course is

Office Hours: Your TA will announce his office hour the first week of class. You may also come by Prof. Hughes' office anytime or send him questions via e-mail.


Two terms of introductory physics and two terms of calculus. Primarily for science majors.

The address of this page is

Please send any comments to Jack Hughes,

Revised January 7, 2005