Musical Sound: A Mathematical Approach to Timbre

Student: Timothy Weiss*
Mentor: Andrew Lazowski
Major: Mathematics

Music and mathematics both play an integral part in human daily life. To a certain extent, one might wonder how the two are related. More specifically, one can ask: what is the mathematical reasoning behind the human ear's ability to distinguish two completely different musical sounds? Through a mathematical endeavor into timbre using Fourier Series, we may begin to solve this question.

*Honors Senior