Innovative Equipment

Innovative equipment was available in Ryerson including a harmonic analyzer designed by Albert Michelson. This instrument, pictured, could measure the components of complex sound waves using gears, springs and levers and used Fourier analysis to convert the information into trigonometric functions.  Ryerson also possessed a machine shop with an expert mechanic so that faculty could manufacture their own equipment. Students were also availed a workroom where they could do the same.

Harmonic Analyzer

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