Science Café>s are a venue for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting.
Join Dr. Kordesch for his Science Café> discussion, "The Physics of Music," 5 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Baker Front Room.
It's halftime at Peden Stadium for a sold-out Bobcats game. The Marching 110 takes the field to perform their viral performance of "Gangnum Style." While you hear the roar of the trumpets and the bellow of the tubas, do you ever question why it sounds the way it does? We enjoy the euphonious melodies that instruments produce, but we often overlook the physics behind what we are listening to. "Many times people don't know how they actually make musical sounds," says Dr. Martin Kordesch, professor in the physics and astronomy department. "The good instruments are made with certain scientific principles in mind." A musician himself, Dr. Kordesch can play almost every instrument, including some unconventional ones such as a plastic trombone and a saxophone made of posters. "It's good to have an appreciation and understanding of how your instrument works," says Dr. Kordesch.
Location: Front Room, Baker Center