Sound…

23 11 2008

This site provides some useful diagrams and references for sound: http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/linguistics/russell/138/sec4/acoust1.htm

A definition for the term “sound” was obtained from Websters online dictionary,

Main Entry:
3sound
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English soun, from Anglo-French son, sun, from Latin sonus, from sonare to sound; akin to Old English swinn melody, Sanskrit svanati it sounds
Date:
13th century
1 a: a particular auditory impression : tone b: the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing c: mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (as air) and is the objective cause of hearing2 a: a speech sound <a peculiar r-sound> b: value in terms of speech sounds <-cher of teacher and -ture of creature have the same sound>3archaic : rumor , fame4 a: meaningless noise bobsolete : meaning c: the impression conveyed : import5: hearing distance : earshot <within sound of your voice>6: recorded auditory material7: a particular musical style characteristic of an individual, a group, or an area <the Nashville sound>

There is also some good information on sound at http://www.britannica.com/bps/search?query=sound&source=MWTEXT

Another site to check out is http://www.acoustics.com/ which is an online source for architectural acoustic information that pertains to our most recent lecture
I did a small investigation into the structure of the ear and how it is able to distinguish and interpret sounds.  Here is a diagram of the ear from

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