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written by David Lapp
published by the Wright Center for Science Education Tufts University
This free pdf is a complete textbook that integrates the topics of waves, sound, music, and musical instruments.  Designed for use in the high school classroom, it focuses on an interactive approach to foster understanding, while also incorporating algebra-based applications.  It is divided into seven modules, which serve as content support for science teachers Grades 6-12 desiring a stronger background in wave energy and music.

Teachers may obtain a free CD-ROM version of this resource, which contains all the sound files and movies, plus answer keys to problems, questions, and activities. Send a postage-paid CD-ROM mailer to:  David Lapp, P.O. Box 975, Petaluma, CA 94953.
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Oscillations & Waves
- Instruments
- Oscillations
= Driven Mechanical Resonance
- Wave Motion
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- Middle School
- Instructional Material
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- Algebra-based Physics
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© 2002 David Lapp
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musical instruments, physics of music, sound waves, standing waves, waves and music
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Metadata instance created May 22, 2006 by Caroline Hall
David Lapp
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This resource is part of 3 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Periodic and Simple Harmonic Motion
Unit Title: Special Topics: The Physics of Music

This well-written free textbook integrates the topics of waves, sound, music, and musical instruments. It would be ideal content support for secondary teachers wishing to teach a unit on harmonics or the physics of music. The mathematics involves only algebraic applications, so the book is also appropriate for high school physics students.

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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Teaching About Waves and Wave Energy

This collection is a cost-free online textbook integrating the topics of waves, sound, music, and musical instruments.  Designed for use in the high school classroom, it also provides content support for teachers 6-12.

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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: The Physics of Sound

This collection is a cost-free online textbook integrating the topics of waves, sound, music, and musical instruments.  Designed for use in the high school classroom, it is quite comprehensive in scope.  Teaching suggestions and tips are included.

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Lapp, D. (2006, January 14). The Physics of Music and Musical Instruments. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from Wright Center for Science Education Tufts University: http://kellerphysics.com/acoustics/Lapp.pdf
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Lapp, David. The Physics of Music and Musical Instruments. Medford: Wright Center for Science Education Tufts University, January 14, 2006. http://kellerphysics.com/acoustics/Lapp.pdf (accessed 21 April 2014).
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