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Math AA HL IA in guitars and music theory


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I'm beginning to brainstorm ideas for my upcoming math IA and I'm very interested in exploring the topic of music in the context of mathematics. I've played the guitar for nearly 5 years so I would like to focus more on that instrument. I initially wanted to discuss Fourier transform but my teacher advised me not to due to the topic's depth given that this was only an IA and not an EE. I've been thinking of simpler topics I can tackle in that domain but have so far come up fairly empty-handed. Other topics that I've done some mild exploration in have been Pythagoras ratios in guitar frets or beats and overtones. I was hoping to get a bit of advice from anyone that may have conducted similar explorations. Thank you.

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I would be inclined to agree with your teacher. Fourier series/transforms quickly get complicated and this would be a time-consuming IA. I would genuinely pick something (slightly) easier because that will massively increase your chances of getting a 18+/20

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