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Musical Acoustics

Physics 118 Online

Dr. N. L. Markworth

Fall 2011



Lab Syllabus

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Power Point Slides

Office Hours

MW     02:00 - 04:00 PM Office

TR      02:00 – 04:00 PM TEC

Room S-322F           468-3001

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Introduce students to the scientific approach to musical acoustics.





Learning Objectives:


·        To learn something of the ways in which music as an art form intertwines itself with our understanding of vibrating objects.

·        To study in a qualitative manner the concepts of auditory perception.

·        To learn how vibratory physics instructs the craft of the instrument maker.




The text is Fundamentals of Musical Acoutics, second, revised edition by Arthur H. Benade The readings indicated in the Course Calendar correspond to chapters from this text. PHY 118L, the Acoustics Laboratory is a corequisite and a new edition of the lab manual is available in the bookstore. The Power Point slides linked above are an integral part of the lecture presentation. If you have a slow network connection, I can provide these on a CD. Allow me a day to burn one for you after you request it.






We will be using the email facility available through Blackboard.  This is a closed email system (only Blackboard traffic), so that the class email will be separate from any other email accounts you may have.  It is imperative that you check the Blackboard email very frequently (at least once per day).  Please print important email and keep the messages in a class folder.

I can be reached via email anytime, but interactively via chat during my office hours listed above. We may also be setting up arranged times for the class to meet in the Blackboard chatroom.

SFA maintains a technical support line at 1-888-dlsfasu (1-888-357-3278) that may be of help with your computer problems.




The test dates in the Course Calendar are deadlines by which the exams must be completed. These dates are to insure sufficient progress in the course to allow you to complete it within the semester you are enrolled.

Tests can be administered in three ways:

1.    In the Steen Library InfoLab 1 on the dates and times in the Course Calendar.  Those who are close to Nacogdoches are encouraged to take the tests at these times.

2.    In my office (Science 322f), if you are close to Nacogdoches but can’t make the testing time.  Please schedule these tests well in advance so that I can get you on my calendar.

3.    If your schedule or your distance prohibit you from making the regular test time or place, it is possible to test remotely. Please use the following procedure for remote testing:


§  Locate a proctored site. I must approve the proctor PRIOR to the administration of the test. The site may be a local school, or a library, but not your home. The site must have email and FAX service.  The proctor may not be a relative or a student.

§  Make arrangements for the remote test 3-5 days in advance. Include the FAX and phone numbers as well as the name and email address of your proctor.

§  Prior to the testing time, I will email the proctor instructions, including a test authorization form and test password. You and the proctor are to sign the form and return it by FAX to me. The form verifies that you are being proctored, that you are not using your textbook or notes, and that you will not copy any testing materials.

§  Upon receiving the return FAX, I will make the test available to your Blackboard account. The test will be a form on which you simply bubble in the correct answer. At the end of the form is a submit button to send the results to me.

§  Timeliness is an important part of testing as well as a courtesy to your proctor. If you have any difficulty in receiving or sending the test, please get in touch with me as soon as possible.


There will be four major exams, each covering a limited amount of lecture and text material. The dates of these exams are listed in the course outline below. The final exam will not be comprehensive. No make-up exams will be given except by EXCUSED absence. The exams will count for 15% each, for a total of 60% of the course grade.





Term Project:

A term paper will be required on the acoustics of your selected instrument.  The paper due dates will be sent by email early in the semester.  The term paper counts as 15% of the course grade.  You should review the University policy on academic integrity and plagiarism.






Each major exam will be graded on a 100-point scale. No grade curving is done on any grade in this course. The lecture and lab grades will be combined and the same grade will be recorded for both lecture and lab.


Lecture                                                       % of Lecture     % of Course

Exams (equally weighted)



Term Paper




Lab                                                                 % of Lab        % of Course





A    90 – 100      B   80 – 89     C   70 – 79     D   60 – 69     F    < 60





Technical Requirements

Other than the minimum Web-course technical requirements for any course, students will need access to a CD-ROM drive, PowerPoint software, Real Player software. Consult the tools link at here for specific download information.




Before the Course Begins

       Complete the startup check list located here.

       Register and pay for the course just as you would any other SFA course.

       Carefully read and complete all steps of Getting a Blackboard Username and Password.

       The Office of Instructional Technology (OIT) has an online orientation to Blackboard located here.




Prepare for an online course:

Distance Education Student Support

Log on to your course:

Blackboard Course Logon

SFA has a mandatory email policy:

Enable your SFA email account


       If you have slow connectivity, you may wish to order the CD, Keys to Blackboard - CD, from the Office of Instructional Technology (OIT), which contains software programs such as Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, RealPlayer, PowerPoint Viewer and others to work on your assignments or use this link .

       If you need assistance with the technology of Blackboard during the semester, we urge you to follow this procedure for help:

         first, refer to the "HELP" button in their Blackboard course

§         next, refer to the WebCT FAQ

         then, post a questions in the course discussion area

         if the points listed above have not assisted you, contact Dr. Markworth

         lastly, send an e-mail to

       If you need to contact a help support person directly, contact Andra Floyd, Distance Education Support Specialist, during office hours Monday - Friday, 8 - 5, at (936) 468-1919 or 1-888-357-3278.


F-1 Visa Holders
There are important federal regulations pertaining to distance education
activity for F-1 Visa holders.  All students with an F-1 Visa should follow
the instructions at the following link to make sure they are in compliance.