Upcoming Colloquia

Wednesday, February 17

4:00 PM, C215 ESC

Florian Solzbacher

University of Utah, Electical & Computer Engr.


Prof. Solzbacher is Director of the newly established Center for Engineering Innovation, Co-Director of the Utah Nanotechnology Institute, President and Executive Chairman of Blackrock Microsystems and of Blackrock Neuromed and holds faculty appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Bioengineering at the University of Utah. His research focuses on harsh environment microsystems and materials, including implantable, wireless microsystems for biomedical and healthcare applications, and on high temperature and harsh environment compatible micro sensors. Prof. Solzbacher received his M.Sc. EE from the Technical University Berlin in 1997 and his Ph.D. from the Technical University Ilmenau in 2003.

Wednesday, February 24

4:00 PM, C215 ESC

John Colton and Dallin Durfee

Brigham Young University, Physics & Astronomy

The physics of musical scales: theory and experiment

The theory of musical scales involves mathematical ratios, harmonic resonators, beats, and human perception. It is an interesting application of the physics of waves and sound. Our talk will first review the history and physics of musical scales, with an emphasis on four historically important scales: twelve-tone equal temperament, Pythagorean, quarter-comma meantone, and Ptolemaic just intonation. We then will present an easy way for students and teachers to directly experience the qualities of different scales using a MIDI synthesis program written by Dr. Durfee called Temperament Studio.

We welcome anyone who wish to attend, and typically serve refreshments ten minutes before the colloquium begins. Speakers generally keep their presentation accessible to undergraduate physics students.