Project Music Additional Information

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Information about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair can be found at Service).

Henderson, Nancy. 2002. Music and math à la Mozart. StudyWorks! Online. Available at,,NAV2-95_SEP1237,00.shtml (StudyWorks!).

Peterson, Ivars. 2001. Mozart’s melody machine. Science News Online (Sept. 1). Available at

Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

Music— Neil Ardley

Published by Random House, 1989.

The deep, rich sound of a violin, the brassy bellow of a trumpet, and the tinkling sounds of a piano play important parts in the world of music. This book explains the physical principles behind the way that each of these instruments makes its sound. Using three-dimensional color photographs and drawings, the book traces the development of music and discusses each family of instruments. It includes a section on rock music and machine-produced music.

The Science of Sound and Music— Shar Levine

Published by Sterling Publishing Co., 2000.

Why do fire engines sound different coming towards you than they do going away from you? How does your eardrum work? Why does your voice sound so different when you have a cold? Find the answer to these questions and more by doing some of this book’s many experiments about sound and music.

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Power Words

resonance The phenomenon whereby an oscillating system, such as a swing, will oscillate more strongly when it is exposed to a periodic force that is applied with the same frequency as that of the oscillating system. For example, a swing will swing to greater heights if each consecutive push on it is timed to be in rhythm with the initial swing. A radio is tuned by adjusting the frequency of the receiver so that it matches that of the incoming radio waves.

white blood cell A colorless cell that is found in the blood of humans and other vertebrates and helps protect the body from infection by fighting germs. White blood cells have a nucleus, unlike red blood cells. Lymphocytes are a kind of white blood cell.

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