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Re: [Phys-l] sound advice

Biophysics of acoustical systems (hearing and speech). I teach
a class on what I call Zoological Physics based on the book by Boye K.
Ahlborn at the University of British Columbia. He has been generous
with his course materials. I do a lab on Helmholtz resonators (using
plastic water bottles) as well as the usual pipe and string labs.

I specifically suggest a presentation on sound localization
Hartmann, W. H. (1999) How we localize sound. Physics Today.
Available at

I have also stolen material (with attribution!) from the Physics
of the Human Body course at the University of Virginia. I am not sure
how much is currently on line but the URL is

The instructor is Stefan Baessler and the entire Physics Department at
UVa has been/was very generous in sharing material and making
suggestions when I started the course.

If you are interested in the labs or PowerPoint that is the
basis of my class presentation please let me know off list.


Thomas O'Neill
Shenandoah Valley Governor's School

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of kyle
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 2:43 PM
Subject: [Phys-l] sound advice

I'm at the end of teaching a non-major course on the physics of sound
for the first time and I'm running one class short of material. I've
done everything I can think of. Any suggestions for the last class?

Sorry for the pun.


'Violence is the last refuge of the
Issac Asimov

kyle forinash 812-941-2039
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