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Music has many mathematical elements in it: rhythm, pitch, scale, frequency, interval, and ratio. There are many ways to turn these elements into a science fair project. You can investigate how the scale is based upon a special type of number sequence called a Harmonic Series. Another scale used by Bach, called the "Well-Tempered-Scale" or the "Equal-Tempered-Scale", is based upon a series. How are these mathematical series and ratios related to notes, chords, intervals, and octaves? You can show how these concepts are applied to generating discreet notes and pitches with different instruments. You can also investigate rhythm and time in music: can you find a way to represent your favorite rhythms numerically?

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Science Buddies Staff. "Playing Music." Science Buddies, 23 Mar. 2018, https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Math_p034/pure-mathematics/playing-music?class=AQWVDrv9DPw92mhckKBEG_HQqCTqY7tQqbve0as8SV1YGrzSOOrbDQE4URAEdKestRNntTdkVq7N3F3PFagMtd7l. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.

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Science Buddies Staff. (2018, March 23). Playing Music. Retrieved from https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Math_p034/pure-mathematics/playing-music?class=AQWVDrv9DPw92mhckKBEG_HQqCTqY7tQqbve0as8SV1YGrzSOOrbDQE4URAEdKestRNntTdkVq7N3F3PFagMtd7l


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