June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
8.689.1 - 8.689.7
Incorporating Musical Instrument Design
Into A Freshmen Engineering Course
Howard Medoff, Janice M. Margle, and Stephen Stace
Engineering/Engineering/Music & Integrative Arts Penn State Abington College Abington, Pennsylvania 19001
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 mathe- matical 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.
An introductory 3-credit, 6-hour per week engineering design and graphics course (ED&G 100) is required for most engineering majors at Penn State. There is no prerequisite for the course, and so, most students are freshmen. This course provides students with the opportunity to improve their graphical skills and expand their knowledge of engineering design. The course introduces students to sketching, drafting, computer aided design, word processing, spreadsheet analysis, business graphics, communications, and the engineering design process.1 Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
Medoff, H., & Stace, S., & Margle, J. (2003, June), Incorporating Musical Instrument Design Into A Freshmen Engineering Course Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12535
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