This paper discusses a simple framework that can be used to connect a significant number of the tools and techniques developed in a first course in either discrete-time signals and systems or digital signal processing. While this framework is not revolutionary, it allows for the rapid placement of new material into the course’s context. Additionally, a simple model of an unstable financial system allows for a rapid introduction and overview of the course while observably increasing student interest and motivation. In these challenging economic times, it is somewhat reassuring to know that some unstable financial accounts are actually a good thing!
Welch, Thad B.; Wright, Cameron H. G.; and Morrow, Michael G.. (2009). "The DSP of Money". IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 2309-2312. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICASSP.2009.4960082