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: As of summer, 2015 the simulations in the book itself have been converted to JavaScript and should run on most browsers and on mobile devices.

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

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