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# Music Time Signatures and Parabolas

Did you know that Music Time Signatures and Mathematics Parabolas are in a way
sort of similar? Let me explain: - Coming from a Musicians point of view.
In Music We have Simple and Compound Time:
Simple - 2/4, 3/4, 4/4
Compound - 6/8, 9/8, 12/8
Parabolas have a Standard and a Vertex Form:
Standard - Y=ax^2+bx+c
Vertex - y= a(x-h)2+k
Simple time and your Standard forms are the simplest forms of time signature and the
easiest way to get your Parabola. Music - 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, Parabola (using the roots)
HOWEVER
We can also get the same results by changing and modifying the equations to get our
Compound Time in (Music) and Vertex form in (Parabola)
Compound Time - 6/8, 9/8, 12/8
Vertex form - y= a(x-h)2+k
In Music we can convert simple time to compound time by changing the way we
group notes. For example. Simple = 3/4 Compound = 6/8. To convert the Simple to
compound we look at grouping. 3/4 is grouped as 3 Crotchet beats (i.e three 1 beat
notes in a bar or 3 quarter notes) to convert to Compound - 6/8 ( i.e 2 Dotted crotchet
beats or 6, EIGHTH notes per bar) time we must first change the grouping. 3 crotchet
beats will be changed to 3 dotted crotchet beats and then simplified to 3 quaver beats
for every dotted crotchet beat. (Think of Compound time as irregular fractions in
math. Mathematically it is correct but in some cases, musically it is wrong because of
certain musical rules that apply).
Vertex form to Standard form (Parabolas):
The standard form of a parabola's equation is generally expressed:
y=ax^2+bx+c. Equation in vertex form : y = (x 1)
To convert equation to standard form simply expand and simplify the binomial
square.
Expanding and Simplifying are key words here. In Music we Expand on Simple time
notes and once we have done that we Simplify In order to get our compound time.
Likewise in parabolas to get from Vertex form to Standard form, we simply expand
and simplify the binomial square.