Academic Biography 
Research Interests 
Mathematical Publications 
Courses I'm Now Teaching 
The Mathematics & Music Course 
Department Activities 
Other Interests 


In the fall of 2015 I will not be teaching.  I'll be devoting all my time to my research and my duties as department chair. 

Last spring, 2015, I taught the course Mathematics 109/Music 109M, Mathematics & Music, a course I designed. It was first taught in the spring of 2002 (which was the first time such a course was offered at Washington University - click here to download the flyer that was used to advertise the course).

Below is all the information from the 2015 course.  Unfortunately the course will be not offered again until in Spring 2018, as I am busy closing out my last year as Department Chair this year and next year I will be on sabbatical.

The notes from this course were developed into a book called Mathematics and Music, published by the American Mathematical Society in 2009, which is now the textbook for the course.  Click here for information on the book from the AMS website.

The class meets MWF 1-2 in Life Sciences, Room 118. My grader and assistant for the course will be Matt Wilson, an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics. The course syllabus can be seen by clicking here, or you can download the syllabus as a pdf file by clicking below. It gives a description of the course, homework policy, exam dates, and office hours. Other downloads from the course will appear below as the course progresses. These include handouts and links, as well as homework, homework solutions, exams, and exam solutions. At the bottom of this page you will find exams and exam solutions from last years course for use as practice exams.

Prospectus for Math 109/Music 109M

Textbook:  Mathematics and Music, by David Wright.  Published 2009 by the American Mathematical Society as Volume 28 of the series Mathematical World.  A list of errata for the book can be seen by clicking here.


Math 109/Music 109M Questionnaire

Entering notes from the synthesizer

Creating a digital file of your composition

Maple Leaf Rag

Moonlight Sonata

Information/suggestions regarding the project


Fourier Analysis Site #1

Fourier Analysis Site #2

Fourier Analysis Site #3


Homework 1

Homework 2

Homework 3

Homework 4

Homework 5

Homework 6

Composition 1

Composition 2

Composition 3

Homework solutions:

Homework 1 solutions

Homework 2 solutions

Homework 3 solutions

Homework 4 solutions

Homework 5 solutions

Homework 6 solutions


Exam 1

Exam 2

Exam 3


Exam solutions:

Exam 1 solutions

Exam 2 solutions

Exam 3 solutions

Final solutions

Exams from the 2014 course:

Exam 1

Exam 2

Exam 3


Exam solutions from the 2014 course:

Exam 1 solutions

Exam 2 solutions

Exam 3 solutions

Final solutions

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