Music in the Stars – Super Cool Science – Anne Katherine

This week has been fairly low key in terms of the work that I have done.  I have made leaps and bounds on my paper, recently focusing on the scientific difference between music and noise. An outcome of this research and writing, I have edited my thesis slightly to argue that the sound that I have produced is monotonic, meaning synthesized from a series of pure tones. Here is a short excerpt of my rough draft explaining this idea more in depth,

“A pure tone is defined as the simplest sound to analyze mathematically, where pressure variation is described by a single frequency. When graphed by an oscilloscope a pure tone is described by the function

y = A sin 2πƒt

y = Input voltage; directly proportional to the variation in air pressure due to sound waves

A = the amplitude of the sound waves

ƒ = frequency

t = time

Monotonic music is composed only of pure tones and in generally uninteresting to listen to.”

In working on my paper, I have been using online science journals as a resource for my writing. In doing so I found one particularly fascinating paper published on the website of The National High School Journal of Science. The author, Angela Liu, presents a creation of her own invention. Known as the Simple Management Adaptive Residential Thermostat or SMART this eco friendly temperature control system uses natural weather patterns to help to keep living spaces comfortable in all seasons. The systems is able to analyze the living patterns of residents in order to conserve energy daily. In example, if all residents are asleep between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am, SMART would allow the temperature to slowly come to match that of the outside until about an hour before the first resident wakes up, at which point the space would warm up or cool down accordingly. The thermostat is customizable geographically and brings annual electricity bills down by the 40%. Below is a detailed algorithm by Angela Liu that gives the reader a visual on the complicated process.

Angela-Liu-pic-2

The paper is split into seven sections, including a technology review and a discussion on other possible approaches to the problem. The author’s work is inspiring to me as a budding researcher. Angela Liu has proved with her paper that teenagers are capable of doing meaningful research and possibly even changing the world in a small way. She presents her research clearly and with great depth. I anticipate referencing this paper while writing my own for ideas on the mechanics of a god research paper and appropriate level of scientific detail. I highly recommend reading the paper on SMART, it is engaging and thought provoking, an impressive showcase of innovation and awareness.

Image Citation:

Liu, Angela. “The SMART New Thermostat.” The National Journal of High School Science, n.d. Web.

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