- Waves and Perception -

Try to answer the following question:
What is the relationship between sound as a mental experience and the actual sound waves that strike your eardrum? In particular, can pitch, loudness, and quality be associated with waveform, wavelength, period, frequency and amplitude?

Your ear is a fabulously sensitive and broad-range sound detector. In fact, making these connections can let it function somewhat like a scientific instrument. At the same time, it can add a new and interesting dimension to the experience of hearing. In terms of our larger purpose, it establishes a foundation for understanding how sound might be employed to map your environment.

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