Physics of the Banjo with Dr. Joe Dickey

Physics of the Banjo poster

The banjo is a combination of canonical vibrating systems (strings, and a circular membrane) and therefore more amenable to analysis and modeling than most other musical instruments (e.g., the violin). And yet, study of this quintessential part of American culture has been largely neglected. This talk should not only help fill this void but should also illustrate the procedure, utility and shortcomings of mathematical modeling.