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Math and Music

Well, I’ve finally finished the second installment of Math and Music, and I scheduled a talk on this for Saturday May 16th.  There are power-point style slides from the first Math and Music here.

The first Math and Music talk focused on the development of a musical scale.  This next talk will branch out a little and explore the “beats” that musicians often use in tuning and how these can be used to calculate the actual frequency of a note.

We’ll also look at the Wave Equation – an important piece of mathematics that arises from attempts to understand the behavior of a vibrating string but which turns out to be useful in a wide variety of applications (including the invisibility equations!)

We’ll also talk about harmony and harmonics, although I never did figure out exactly why woodwind and stringed instruments produce harmonic tones…

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