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CCC Math Instructor To Show How Math Creates Enjoyable Music

From: Caitlin Wright
To: Media
Date: 04/29/09
Subject: CCC Music And Math Presentation PR

Clatsop Community College
Contact: Richard W. Beveridge 503-338-2332

CCC Math Instructor To Show How Math Creates Enjoyable Music

Clatsop Community College (CCC) Math instructor Richard W. Beveridge will explain the correlation between music and math during a discussion on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at CCC. The presentation will be held in Patriot Hall (located at 1653 Jerome Ave.), Rm 322 and is ADA Accessible from the Lexington St. entrance. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this free presentation designed to appeal to the general public.

“Analyzing a seemingly simple process like plucking a string can open up a wealth of new information and make clear connections between ideas that were seemingly unrelated,” says Richard. “I like to present these talks so that people who like math are not disappointed, but people who are less familiar with math are also able to follow along as ideas are presented and conclusions are drawn from them. I make it a point to focus on the ideas and the connections between the ideas.”

The topic of this discussion focuses on the historical use of beats to calculate the absolute frequency of a musical note and will examine how Hooke’s Law for springs and Newton’s second law (image) can be used to derive the Wave Equation. Finally, the presentation will consider the question of harmony, and why some notes sound pleasing in combination and others don’t.

Richard continues, “Exploring mathematical ideas through an application that most people are familiar with like the vibrating string can help to make the mathematics more easily understood. Seeing the concepts together with the mathematical symbols we use to represent the concepts creates a clearer connection between the two.”

A Math instructor at CCC since 2004, Mr. Beveridge holds a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Maine; a BA degree in French at the University of Virginia; a MA degree in Mathematics from the University of Maine; and his MEd. from Oklahoma City University.

For more information about this event, please contact: Richard Beveridge at 503-338-2332 or

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