1. Introduction

Author: Dr. K. Forinash, Professor of Physics

School of Natural Sciences
Indiana University Southeast
New Albany, IN 47150

This is an interactive, on-line eText on the physics of sound. It is designed as an introductory course text and requires no previous physics exposure; I am using it in my physics of sound course for non-science majors in place of a hardcopy text. Brief introductions to physics concepts are provided as they are needed (and can be skipped if they are familiar to the reader). There is a little bit of algebra involved but not much.

If you see any errors or have ideas for topics that should be included, please contact me: kforinas@ius.edu. You are welcome to use anything you find here although a few of the images are restricted by the Wikimedia Commons license.

NOTE: These Applets and scripts have been tested to work on with the usual browsers and operating systems but they cannot be guaranteed to work with all browsers on all platforms and forever. You may be able to work on an iPhone or iPad with some of the simulations using Cloud Browse or AlwaysOnPC. Someday (maybe) I may try to convert the Java applets to JavaScript and HTML5 but don’t hold your breath.

If you are interested in more detailed explanations of wave behavior you may wish to see my eText/tutorial on Waves.

IMPORTANT: The end of some sections will have a link for a Supplemental Information page for that section. I have compiled many videos on some of the concepts throughout the book and these pages contain extra content, while they are not required, they are there for your benefit.

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