Incorporating musical instrument design into a freshmen engineering course

Howard Medoff, Janice M. Margle, Stephen Stace

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Technical interests and achievements of freshmen engineering students need to be encouraged. Developing strategies to increase the participation and enjoyment of these students in understanding and experiencing the design process is the basis for this project. It involves designing, building, and testing a simple stringed instrument. All work is done in teams. A combination demo/hands-on exercise is being developed for inclusion as the design component of a freshmen engineering design and graphics course. The purpose of the exercise is to expose students to designing and building a simple stringed instrument. This instrument includes a strain gage to (indirectly) measure string tension which is then compared to mathematical models and resulting musical pitch. This musical pitch is analyzed using commercially available software that receives input from a contact microphone mounted on the instrument's body. Student teams document all information through reports and in-class presentations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3903-3910
Number of pages8
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2003

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Medoff, Howard ; Margle, Janice M. ; Stace, Stephen. / Incorporating musical instrument design into a freshmen engineering course. In: ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings. 2003 ; pp. 3903-3910.
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