Music and physics are topic of October 19 free Faculty Lecture


robert astalos

Dr. Robert Astalos

Music is a regular part of most people's lives. It entertains us and soothes us. But did you know that musical instruments follow the laws of physics? And the notes that make up the scales we play are connected by simple mathematical relationships. The Adams State College Faculty Lecture "Physics of Music", by Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, and Dr. Tracy Doyle, associate professor of music, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Leon Memorial Hall, located on the Adams State campus.

Dr. Tracy Doyle

Dr. Tracy Doyle

In this talk we will explain the basic models of physics -- called wave theory -- that describe the functioning of common musical instruments. A variety of professional and handmade instruments will be described and played in order to connect physical theory with audible results. We will also discuss the mathematics of various musical scales and demonstrate how the same chords can sound different when played in different scales.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by email: