Sound and Music Objectives

The Minds On Physics program consists of 15 topics. Each topic consists of a varying number of missions. Every mission addresses one to three objectives. The objectives for Sound and Music are listed below.
 
  • Misson SM1:
    • The student should be able to describe several fundamental concepts concerning the nature of a sound wave.
       
  • Misson SM2:
    • The student should be able to identify and describe the characteristics of amplitude, wavelength and frequency for a sound wave.
    • The student should be able to identify factors effecting (and not effecting) the speed of a sound wave.
       
  • Misson SM3:
    • The student should be able to recognize the role of the deciBel system and understand its logarithmic nature.
    • The student should be able to compare sounds in terms of their intensity and deciBel level.
       
  • Misson SM4:
    • The student should be able to describe the Doppler effect and its underlying causes.
       
  • Misson SM5:
    • The student should be able to identify the cause and result of resonance and the basic vocabulary associated with resonance.
    • The student should be able to associate standing wave patterns with harmonic numbers and identify the frequency relationships for the various harmonics of a vibrating object.
       
  • Misson SM6:
    • The student should be able to identify the standing wave patterns for stringed instruments and use them to state the length-wavelength relationships.
    • The student should be able to recognize the relationship between the frequencies of the various harmonics for stringed instruments.
       
  • Misson SM7:
    • The student should be able to determine the wavelength and frequency of a standing wave in a guitar string if given the speed, harmonic number and length of the string.
    • The student should be able to determine the wavelength and the length of a guitar string if given the frequency of a harmonic, the wave pattern and the speed of waves in the string.
       
  • Misson SM8:
    • The student should be able to identify the standing wave patterns for open-end air columns and use them to state the length-wavelength relationships.
    • The student should be able to recognize the relationship between the frequencies of the various harmonics for open-end air columns.
       
  • Misson SM9:
    • The student should be able to determine the wavelength and frequency of a standing wave in a open-end air column if given the speed, harmonic number and length of the air column.
    • The student should be able to determine the wavelength and the length of an open-end air column if given the frequency of a harmonic, the wave pattern and the speed of waves in the air.
  • Misson SM10:
    • The student should be able to identify the standing wave patterns for closed-end air columns and use them to state the length-wavelength relationships.
    • The student should be able to recognize the relationship between the frequencies of the various harmonics for closed-end air columns.
       
  • Misson SM11:
    • The student should be able to determine the wavelength and frequency of a standing wave in a closed-end air column if given the speed, harmonic number and length of the air column.
    • The student should be able to determine the wavelength and the length of an closed-end air column if given the frequency of a harmonic, the wave pattern and the speed of waves in the air.





       







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