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Musical sound

Summary

The lesson begins with a discussion of the basic musical elements of pitch and rhythm. Pitch corresponds closely to frequency while rhythm is a repeating time pattern in sound. All music is created from carefully chosen patterns of frequencies called musical scales. Each frequency is called a note. There are eight primary notes in the Western scale. The range from one note to another with twice its frequency is called an octave. The lesson contains a design project in which you will design and construct a musical instrument that can play all eight notes of a major scale. You will use the Physics of Sound application to test your prototype by measuring the resonant frequency of each chime.
Musical sound

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