Graduate Program in Acoustics

 


Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Distance Education Course Schedule

Preregistration and Registration information available on the DE Course Registration page.

Class Dates: August 21 - December 15

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

 

Tuition Fee Schedule

Degree Student Tuition- $2,625. for a 3 credit course

Nondegree Student Tuition- $2,559.00 for a 3 credit course

IT (Information Technology) Fee Schedule

Due each semester

$86.00 for 1 - 4 credits

$189.00 for 5 - 8 credits

*In order to guarantee fall course enrollment all NEW nondegree student applications and application fees or Resume Study nondegree student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later the 5 PM EST, Friday, August 18th and all Resume Study DEGREE student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later the 5 PM EST, Monday, August 14th.

 

Fall 2017 course offering:

  • ACS 501: Elements of Acoustics and Vibration
  • ACS 502: Elements of Waves and Fluids
  • ACS 597.001: Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration
  • ACS 597.002: Applications for Aeroacoustics and Vibroacoustics
  • ACS 597.003: Outdoor Sound Propagation

 

1. Course: ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration

  • Instructor: Dr. Michelle Vigeant
  • Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM EST
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above
  • 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.
  • Texts:
    • Fundamentals of Acoustics, Kinsler, Frey, Coppens, and Sanders, 4th Ed., Wiley, 1999
    • TBD,

 

2. Course: ACS 502, Elements of Waves and Fluids

  • Instructor: Dr. Julianna Simon
  • Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM EST
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above
  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics and differential equations
  • 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.
  • Texts:
    • Fundamentals of Physical Acoustics, Blackstock, David T., Wiley, 2000

 

3. Course: ACS 597 section 001, Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

  • Instructor: Dr. Tom Gabrielson
  • Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:05 AM - 10:20 AM EST
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above
  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers and some familiarity with programming in MatLab or equivalent.
  • NOTE: This course replaces ACS 516, Acoustical Data Measurement & Analysis. Students may enroll in this course if they have not taken ACS 516. Students who have previously taken ACS 516 may not enroll in this course.
  • Course Material: Time- and frequency-domain analyses for sampled, discrete-time acoustic and vibration measurements. Development, application, and consequences of filtering, spectral analysis, and correlation for single- and multi-channel data.
  • Texts:
    • Instructor Notes
  • Software: MatLab (available at www.mathworks.com) or Octave. Student versions acceptable.

 

4. Course: ACS 597 section 002, Applications of Aeroacoustics and Vibroacoustics

  • Instructor: Dr. Dan Russell
  • Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:35 AM - 11:50 AM EST
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above
  • Prerequisite: ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration and ACS 502, Elements of Waves in Fluids
  • Course Material: Topics covered: This course will explore the generator-resonator-radiator paradigm for modeling complex acoustic systems. The generator models will include several nonlinear mechanisms (air-reed, lip-reed, mechanical-reed) for wind-driven instruments and the realistic excitation of vibration (plucked and struck strings, impact excitation of membranes). The resonator models for sound waves in air will include an impedance analysis of cylindrical and conical bores and horns, the effects of a tone-hole lattice. Resonator models for vibrating structures like strings and bars will include the effects of realistic boundary conditions, damping mechanisms, and mode coupling at the boundaries. Radiator models will include sound radiation form horns and pipes with a flared bell, as well as from soundboards with woodgrain and ribbed structures and the coupling of internal cavities. An understanding of the fundamentals of acoustics and vibration will be assumed as prerequisite for this course.
  • Recommended (not required) Texts:
    • Acoustics of Musical Instruments, Antoine Chaigne and Jean Kergomard, Springer-Verlag, 2016, ASA Press 2016
    • The Physics of Musical Instruments, Neville H. Fletcher and Thomas D. Rossing, Springer, 1998, Springer paperback, 2010
  • Software: MatLab (available at www.mathworks.com) with Simulink. Student versions acceptable

 

5. Course: ACS 597 section 003, Outdoor Sound Propagation

  • Instructor: Dr. Victor Sparrow
  • Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 10:10 AM - 11:25 AM EST
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above
  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics and differential equations

  • Course Material: This course will cover a variety of outdoor sound scenarios, but a majority will focus on propagation near the ground. Topics include: effects of realistic ground surfaces; temperature gradients; atmospheric turbulence; propagation over barriers & terrain, and computational methods for outdoor sound.
  • Text:
    • Computational Atmospheric Acoustics, Salomens, Erik M., Springer, 2002

 

Spring 2018 Distance Education Course Schedule - January 8 - May 4

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 597.002, Spatial Sound and 3-D Audio, 3 credits

  • Prerequisite: Class pre-requisites include some familiarity with basic acoustics. ACS 597B, Introduction to Acoustics and Fluid Media; or AE 458, Advanced Architectural Acoustics and Noise Control; or previous enrollment in an Acoustics course is desirable. Students are expected to be familiar with undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers.

 

4. ACS 597.001, Advanced Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration, 3 credits

*Note: This course replaces ACS 513, Digital Signal Processing. Students may enroll in this course if they have not taken ACS 513. Students who have previously taken ACS 513 cannot enroll in this course.

  • Prerequisite: ACS 597, Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibrations

 

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

  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers
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