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1 Welcome to PSC-1121 Physical Science
Sprinkled with Musical Examples Spring 2009 Jeffrey B. Bindell, PhD Start with LOVE – The new Beetles album. iPOD

2 Dr. Jeffrey B. Bindell MAP 417

3 Physical Science of Music
What the heck does music have to do with physical science? Is physics a dirty word? This course will discuss introductory physics (as required by the college) This course will “flavor” the course with its specific applications to music rather than just plow through the book talking about things you probably don’t care for very much.

4 Physics and Music

5 The Other Section There is another section of this course that will Physical Science in the traditional way. It is being taught by Dr. Brueckner in the afternoon. I am better looking! He is smarter!

6 Class Information NOTE: The Syllabus and all lectures can be found on the website for the class: Class meets in this room 11:30AM – 12:20PM

7 Sit in the front half of the room
CLASS RULE Sit in the front half of the room

8 Details, details, details.
Instructor Dr. Jeffrey Bindell address Office MAP 417 Classroom MAP 260 (large ugly lecture hall) Schedule MWF 11:30 AM WebCT Utilization NO. – We will use “WebAssign” Office Hours See Syllabus Website Lecture materials will be posted on this site. CHECK IT OFTEN

9 PHYSICS ! We Will Study What is science?
What is the Scientific Method? What is Measurement? Standards? Observation? Physics? We will study Newton’s Laws Sound, Waves  music How music is structured. What is it? How does it work? A bit about gasses (air), mixtures (air), density (air) How do musical instruments work? Electricity, Magnetism and their applications to music. PHYSICS !

10 Textbooks- “Physics – A World View”, 6th edition by Kirkpatric & Francis (Thompson – Brooks /Cole publisher). If purchasing the textbook from the UCF bookstore Make sure it includes A $10.00 Clicker discount (later) A WebAssign registration form. The book can be downloaded onto your computer (link provided in syllabus) on a chapter by chapter basis. Since we will only use 50% of the test, this is a good option. $5.00 a chapter. If you print it out, the ink cost may make this more expensive an option.

11 ADDITIONAL TEXT- “Measured Tones” by Ian Johnston. Second Edition IoP Press (Institute of Physics) (2002) This adds the music component. You do not HAVE to purchase this book but it is recommended that you do so. OPTIONS: Purchase from the bookstore (listed as required so they will order enough copies) You can buy the book on at a much lower price than the bookstore’s price. If you choose not to buy the book, you may have to rely on the internet for the music stuff!

12 What Do You Need? The textbook Measured Tones An i-clicker
With i-clicker coupon ($10.00) With WebAssign registration (Normally $15) If you download chapters, you will have to purchase the above separately. (Sorry) Measured Tones Measured Tones: The Interplay of Physics and Music, Second Edition by Ian Johnston (Paperback - Mar 1, 2002) AMAZON: Buy new: $34.99 Bookstore $60+ An i-clicker

13 What the heck is an i-clicker??
CPS clicker EVIL i-clicker GOOD

14 Clicker Numbers

15 The i-clicker Student response system. Used every day.
You answer questions in class as we go along. I find out what is being learned and what needs attention. You will find out if YOU understand the material. See the syllabus for information about how to register your i-clicker for this course or goto

16 i-clicker algorithm 15% of your grade !
3-Points if you answer a question correctly. 2-Points if your answer is wrong. 0-Points if you don’t answer the question at all. 15% of your grade !

17 What is WebAssign??? An Electronic Homework System A grade book
A communications approach Communicate with others in the class via the forum. Send me s Request extensions on overdue homework. Penalty Register at Movie (for instructors but you can look)

18 About those grades … There will be three (possibly 4) mid-term examinations. I will discount the lowest grade. There will be an all-inclusive final exam. There is Homework. There is the clicker grade. 66% if you attend all classes and get the wrong answer on every question.

19 Weights Item Weight Mid Semester Examinations 35% Final Examination
Homework 15% Class Participation (Clicks)

20 Grades GRADE SCORE A 90% B 75% C 60% D 50% F Less than 50%

21 The Small Print The University of Central Florida is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. Dr. Bindell shares the same commitment. Students with disabilities who need accommodations must be registered with Student Disability Services (SDS), Student Resource Center Room 132, phone (407) , TTY/TDD only phone (407) , before requesting accommodations from Dr. Bindell. Students who are registered with SDS and need accommodations in PSC1121 must contact Dr. Bindell at the beginning of the semester to discuss needed accommodations. No accommodations will be provided until the student has met with the professor to request accommodations. At UCF, academics comes first. Attendance at examinations is mandatory, and there will be no make-up examinations. University excused absences exist only for religious observances, intercollegiate activities and athletics, and university-verified family or medical emergency. Weddings, plane tickets that your parents got on, or tickets to the Bahamas do not count as legitimate excuses. Therefore, plan your semester accordingly, and if you know that you will not be able to make all the examinations, you should drop the course now and take it during spring semester. It is Physics Department policy that making up missed work will only be permitted for University-sanctioned activities and bona fide medical or family reasons. Authentic justifying documentation must be provided in every case (in advance for University-sanctioned activities). At the discretion of the instructor, the make-up may take any reasonable and appropriate form including, but not limited to the following: a replacement exam, replacing the missed work with the same score as a later exam, allowing a 'dropped' exam, replacing the missed work with the homework or quiz average. Any cheating I detect on examinations will be punishable by no less than a zero on the examination in question and up to expulsion from UCF.

22 We will begin using this stuff on MONDAY
HOMEWORK Get the “stuff” Register for i-clicker. Register in WebAssign We will begin using this stuff on MONDAY

23 Go Away Now! See you on Friday

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