Introduction to Acoustics and Digital Signal Processing
textbook is updated up to p. 132.
HW1 solutions are available.
HW2 solutions are available.
The first and the second parts of
Quantum Computing is available.
The 2007 flyer contains an update of
some of the information below.
This is a new 4-credit course, first taught as a test under the
heading "Application of Physics" (as PHYS427 in Summer 1999,
2000 and 2001, and as PHYS575 in Autumn 2000 and Winter 2003). The test
was a success -
the enrollment represented an interesting mix of the regular day
and evening students (working at Boeing, NAVY, Microsoft etc.). About
half of the
students were from Physics, the rest came from many diverse Departments
(EE, Comp. Sci., Math, ...). Most were graduate but some advanced and
students also participated successfully. Some of the term papers were
several students continued their projects in Independent Study research
courses in subsequent Quarters. Now the course has been approved under
its own dedicated course number, and will be offered in Winter 2005.
General Course Philosophy
This is a course on Acoustics, as far as it is connected to DSP and/or
Music, and on the Digital Signal Processing, as far as it is connected
to Acoustics and/or Music. It is of course impossible to cover
Digital Signal Processing (not to mention both) in just one Quarter.
possible to treat the foundations of these fields in a way which
should enable the students to proceed on their own exploring the
and additional applications. Besides, it is fun to illustrate
advanced concepts in Complex Analysis and in Digital Signal Processing
by examples from Physics of Music and Musical Acoustics.
of the course, as taught last year, is available.
Professor of Physics
Adjunct Professor, School of Music
Affiliate, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
affiliations will be obvious in every lecture ...)
Due to the highly interdisciplinary nature of this course, there is no
single book (not even two or three books) which could serve as a Text.
Detailed, self-contained, LATEX-typeset handouts will be used instead.
As an optional reference, "Complex Variables" by Murray R. Spiegel, in
the Schaum's Outline series, is highly recommended. For the Maximum
Sequence ("Spread-Spectrum"), Time-Delay Spectrometry, and other
topics, references to original papers will be given.
PHYS123 or equivalent, and MATH136 or equivalent (the 'official'
description erroneously lists MATH 120. MATH 136 is equivalent to "two
yeaqrs of calculus"). These are "minimal pre-requisites"
- many people with not more than this minimal background did well, when
they had the "right attitude" towards learning new things. If you are
doubt about the level of this course and your preparation, please
with the Instructor to inspect the Lecture Notes from last year before
- Homework will be periodically assigned, but not collected/graded.
Exam will be closely based on the homework problems. Solutions will be
made available before Exams.
- 10% from the lab exercise
- 40% from a term project on topics of your choice.
- 50% from a comprehensive (2-hour) Final exam