The Engineer’s Orchestra – Acoustics, Waves and Vibrations – provides an introduction to acoustics, waves, and vibrations via musical instruments. Students address the physics of orchestral instruments (winds, strings, and percussion) both qualitatively and quantitatively. Topics include one-dimensional transverse and longitudinal waves, traveling and standing wave solutions to the wave equation, and an introduction to spherical waves with relevant hands-on demonstrations. Modeling and analysis concepts will be introduced to support students in the design and construction of their own physical or virtual musical instruments. [This was a course at Olin College 2017]

Engineering ideas

  • acoustics, waves, vibrations, percussion, dimension, transverse, longitudinal, standing wave, modeling, analysis, concepts, design, construction, physical, virtual