Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Curtiss Hanson


It is generally accepted that every violin has different tone quality in terms of intonation and the depth of the harmonics produced. The best violins are made by experienced luthiers that craft each with precision to produce the best possible tonal quality. The quality of the finished violin is dependent upon both the specific shape and the vibrational response of the wood used in its construction. Because the hard wood used in violin construction is inhomogeneous, the composition and structure of material used is critical to the final product.1 Luthiers would initially rely on their experience to feel the vibrations and intuition as to the quality of wood used, which is an extremely subjective method of analysis. Then, as they progressed in their skills, it became much easier to make violins of similar sound and sound quality when they were made from the same kind of wood. Today, most violins are made from spruce, maple, and artificial materials.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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