Here’s the assignment description from my syllabus:
Paper/Presentation: You will write a paper of 2000 words on a topic chosen in consultation with me. In general, I expect that the topic you choose will be closely related to your background in music; i.e. if you are a trumpet player, you will probably choose to write about the physics of brass instruments.
• The Paper will be typed/printed, single-sided, double-spaced, using standard fonts.
• Submit two copies.
• Submit an additional digital copy via email. I will screen your paper using www.turnitin.com or some similar service to verify the originality of your writing. Quotes or any other writing which is not your own should be properly referenced and should be easy to distinguish from what you have written yourself. Illustrations which are not original should also be properly referenced. Submitting a plagiarized paper will result in failing the course. It is possible that I will ask you to have your paper screened by turnitin.com, rather than me doing it. If this happens, I will give instructions later.
• The paper will be at least 2000 words long. This is approximately seven pages, not counting illustrations.
• Cite at least three references (in standard bibliographic format) not including the text/lecture notes.
• Use at least one non-online source as a reference. You may not use Wikipedia as a reference.
• Present any online sources you use in standard bibliographic format (with the web address) and include hardcopy of a sample page.
Include a sentence or two describing how you determined that the online source was reliable.
• Papers will be graded 75% on content and 25% on style. I expect your paper to be grammatical, free of spelling errors, well organized, and written to be understandable by your classmates. This means, for example, that you should not explain in great detail material that has already been covered in class.
Here’s my rough outline of the topic:
Title: The Best Sound out of Any Room
Topic: How to experience the best acoustics in various settings.
Settings: Movie theater, in class, concert, home theater, public transportation
(Bart/ Light Rail.)
Describe usual sound arrangement: spoken word, electric speakers, front, back,
Describe arrangement of experience: sitting, standing, in desks, on couch.
Describe type of environment: theater, classroom, venue, bus/train
Describe the best place to be in the various locations.
Explain which setting is the most versatile in acoustic experience.
Explain which setting is the least versatile in acoustic experience.
Here are possible sources to use:
Barron, Michael. Auditorium Acoustics and Architectural Design. London: E & FN Spon, 1993. Print.
Cavanaugh, William J., and Joseph A. Wilkes. Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Practice. New York: Wiley, 1999. Print.
Rossing, Thomas D. Springer Handbook of Acoustics. New York, NY: Springer, 2007. Print.
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