Graduate Program in Acoustics

 


Fall 2015 Distance Education Course Schedule

Registration for Fall '15 DE courses is now closed.

* Please note tuition for Fall 2015 has increased to $2,415.00

Class Dates: August 24 - December 18

  • All classes video streamed and archived for review
  • All courses available for credit or audit

Note: An annual information technology fee of $133.00 is required for all students registering for a course or courses. The fee is payable once every 12 months and must be current for each semester of enrollment.

Fall 2015 course offering:

  • ACS 513: Digital Signal Processing
  • ACS 516: Acoustical Data Measurement and Analysis
  • ACS 597A: Elements of Acoustics and Vibration (formerly Fundamentals of Acoustics)
  • ACS 597B: Elements of Waves and Fluids (formerly Introduction to Acoustics and Fluid Media)
  • ACS 597C: Computational Acoustics

 

1. Course: ACS 513, Digital Signal Processing

  • Instructor: Dr. Karl Reichard
  • Class Time: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM (EST)
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: $2,415.00
  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics and differential equations
  • This course is concerned with the analysis of discrete-time signals and discrete-time linear systems, with an emphasis on applications of digital signal processing in acoustics. Topics covered include: a review of discrete signal and frequency representations; sampling parameters; Z-transform and discrete Fourier transforms; windowing principles and properties; power spectrum analysis; the analysis and design of IIR and FIR digital filters; and the implementation of signal processing algorithms and analysis using Matlab.
  • Texts (Optional):
    • Discrete-Time Signal Processing, Oppenheim, A.V., Schafer, R.W. & Buck, J.R., 2nd ed., 1999, (Prentice Hall)
  • Software: MatLab and MatLab Signal Processing Toolbox (available at www.mathworks.com) Student Version is fine.

 

2. Course: ACS 516, Acoustical Data Measurement and Analysis

  • Instructor: Dr. Thomas Gabrielson
  • Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM (EST)
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: $2,415.00
  • Prerequisite: Matlab is required for both homework and tests in this class. A recorded Introduction-to-Matlab session will be available for students but prior experience with the basic operations is highly recommended; this course does not teach programming. Also, the course assumes a working knowledge of complex numbers and of basic acoustics.
  • This course covers time- and frequency-domain analysis of signals typical of acoustical measurements. Topics include: measurement techniques, spectral analysis, two-channel measurements; correlation, pulses and optimal filters; signal-enhancement techniques; multiple-sensor techniques; characteristics of data acquisition systems; and acoustic metrics. Basic theory is presented; however, the primary emphasis of this course is on application of measurement and analysis techniques to acoustic data
  • Text:
    • No text is required for this course. The lecture notes, which will be available electronically, cover all of the course material. As soon as you are registered, you should visit the Penn State Course Management site, ANGEL (https://cms.psu.edu/default.asp) to download the lecture notes and introductory material.
  • Software: MatLab Student Version (available at www.mathworks.com)or Matlab Professional Version. None of the extra "toolboxes" are required.
  • Although not required, an external microphone for your computer will be useful for some exercises. A USB microphone is acceptable; however you may see occasional timing problems with Matlab's signal acquisition. Several homework exercises will guide you through recording signals using the microphone and playing signals through your computer speakers.

 

3. Course: ACS 597A, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration (formerly Fundamentals of Acoustics)

  • Instructor: Dr. Steven Garrett
  • Class Time: Monday and Wednesday 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM (EST)
  • Mandatory Office Hour: Tuesday 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: $2,415.00
  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers
  • Course Material: This course introduces the fundamentals of acoustics and vibration, focusing on structural vibration and sound waves in simple objects such as mass-spring systems, strings, rods, and plates. The fundamental concepts of vibration are presented along with applications to engineering and industrial problems. Topics covered: simple harmonic oscillator; mechanical resonance and damping; forced vibration and normal modes; transverse waves on strings; boundary conditions and standing waves; elasticity; longitudinal, torsional, and transverse vibration of bars; transverse vibrations of membranes; and flexural vibrations of thin plates.
  • Text:
    • Instructor Furnished

 

4. Course: ACS 597B, Elements of Waves and Fluides (formerly Introduction to Acoustics and Fluid Media)

  • Instructor: Dr. Daniel Russell
  • Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: $2,415.00
  • Prerequisite: ACS 597A Fundamentals of Acoustics or concurrent enrollment in ACS 597A Elements of Acoustics and Vibration, undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex algebra
  • Course Material: This course lays the fundamental groundwork for the propagation of acoustic waves in fluids. Topics include: basic equations of fluid dynamics, acoustic lumped elements, speed of sound, linear acoustic wave propagation, plane and spherical waves, radiation of sound from sources and arrays, sound intensity and power, reflection and transmission of sound at boundaries, absorption of sound, normal modes in rooms, probation of sound in pipes and acoustic filters.
  • Text:
    • Fundamentals of Physical Acoustics, D.T. Blackstock, Wiley Interscience, New York, 2000
    • ISBN-13: 978-0471319795 ISBN-10: 0471319791

 

5. Course: ACS 597C, Computational Acoustics

  • Instructor: Dr. Victor Sparrow
  • Class Time: Monday and Wednesday 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
  • Make-up Class Time: Friday 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: $2,415.00
  • Co-Requisite Registration: ACS 597A Elements of Acoustics and Vibration (formerly Fundamentals of Acoustics) and ACS 597B Elements of Waves and Fluids (formerly Introduction to Acoustics and Fluid Media)
  • Course Material: The purpose of this course is to provide a good background in computational acoustics and to provide exposure to many of the important tools in acoustics available today including: symbolic manipulation programs such as Mathematica; finite differences, finite elements and boundary elements; scientific visualization and sound propagation algorithms. Topics covered: using PCs, workstations, and cluster computing - important commands and numerical analysis issues; visualizing and post processing acoustics data - integrated symbolic/graphics packages; transient analysis of acoustics waves - fundamentals of discretization and meshing for waves; modal and forced responses of arbitrary cavities using finite elements - i.e. an automobile or airplane interior; acoustics radiation and scattering predicted using boundary elements - i.e. product noise control approaches to minimizing radiation, barrier design, underwater scattering; acoustic contribution analysis and sensitivity analysis - for acoustics design optimization and additional topics of student interest - high frequency approaches, fuzzy structures analysis, acoustic infinite elements, finite volume approaches, and acoustics and the Internet.
  • Text:
    • No text is required for this course.
  • Software: BOTH MatLab and Mathematica software required and these are available at discounts for students. Additional PC-based software for finite elements will be required, so students MUST have access to a Microsoft Windows compatible PC with network access onto which software can be installed. Some specialized software will be supplied by the Acoustics Program especially for this class.

 

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Spring 2016 Course Schedule - January 11 - May 6

Tentative Course Offering (Suggestions can be sent to acousticsde@psu.edu)

1. ACS 514, Electroacoustic Transducers, 3 credits

  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, basic linear circuit theory, differential equations, and complex numbers

 

2. ACS 515, Introduction to Acoustics & Fluid Media, 3 credits

  • Prerequisite: ACS 597B, Introduction to Acoustics in Fluid Media and ACS 598E, Advanced Engineering Mathematics I or equivalent, or instructor consent

 

3 .ACS 537, Noise Control Engineering 3 credits

  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers

 

4 .ACS 598E, Engineering Mathematics I, 3 credits

  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers

 

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