Fall
2004 Meeting of the Southern California/Nevada Section of the Mathematical
Association of America

October
10,

UNLV,
Las Vegas, Nevada

**The Mathematical
Elegance of the Acoustic Guitar**

*Rebecca Head, Professor of
Mathematics, Bakersfield College*

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When I enrolled in the
beginning guitar class at Bakersfield College, I did not intend to increase my
mathematical knowledge. As a
mathematician, however, I could not ignore the frequent occurrence of patterns
and shapes. Indeed, from fractions to
eigenvalues, music is a way to listen to numbers.

**Bakersfield College
Mathematics Faculty**

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Left to right: Donna Starr, Rick Brantley, Tom Greenwood,
Becky Head, Mike Moretti, Mary Jo Anhalt, Pat Serpa, Arnie Andrasian, Thomas
Mieh, and Christy Haycock. Not pictured
but in attendance: Rob Parsons