Fall 2019 Distance Education Course Schedule

Preregistration and registration information is available on the Distance Education Course Registration page.


Class Dates:

August 26–December 20

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

Tuition Fee Schedule:

Tuition rate and IT fee are approximate. Rates will be decided by the Penn State Board of Trustees in August 2019.

  • Degree Student Tuition: Approximately $2,700 for a 3-credit course

IT (Information Technology) Fee Schedule:

Due each semester.

  • Approximately $90 for 1–4 credits
  • Approximately $195 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 than 5:00 PM EST, Friday, August 16.

All Resume Study DEGREE student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later than 5:00 PM EST, Monday, August 19.


Fall 2019 Distance Education Courses

ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Dan Russell

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.

Text: Fundamentals of Acoustics, Kinsler, Lawrence E., et al., 4th Ed., 2000 (Wiley) [ISBN: 0471847895]


ACS 502, Elements of Waves in Fluids

Instructor: Dr. Julianna Simon

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, development of the linear wave equation, acoustic lumped elements, speed of sound, linear acoustic wave propagation of 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, propagation of sound in pipes and acoustic filters.

Text: Fundamentals of Physical Acoustics, Blackstock, David T., 2000 (Wiley)


ACS 597, Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Tom Gabrielson

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations, and complex numbers as well as some familiarity with programming in MatLab or equivalent.

NOTE: This course replaces ACS 516, Acoustical Data Measurement and 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.

Text: Instructor Notes

Software: MatLab (available at www.mathworks.com) or Octave. Student versions acceptable.


ACS 519, Sound Structure Interaction

Instructor: Dr. Steve Hambric

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

Prerequisite: ACS 501 or ACS 597, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration, and ACS 502 or ACS 597, Elements of Waves in Fluids

Course Material: This course mixes fundamental theory and real-world approaches to modeling and solving structural-acoustic problems. Classic and current journal articles supplement the instructor’s course notes and the textbook. Topics include: flexural waves in beams, plates, and shells; sound radiation; structural vibration induced by impinging sound waves; forced response; sound transmission loss; coupled behavior of structures and enclosed acoustic volumes; and numerical vibroacoustic methods (Finite Element Analysis, Boundary Element Analysis, Statistical Energy Analysis).

Text: Sound and Structural Vibration, Fahy and Gardinio, 2nd Ed., 2007 (Academic Press)

Software: MatLab Student Version (available at www.mathworks.com) or MatLab Professional (Version 5.2 or newer).


ACS 597, Nonlinear Acoustics

Instructor: Dr. Vic Sparrow

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

Prerequisite: ACS 502, Elements of Waves in Fluids or instructor approval

Course Material: Review of thermoviscous linear sound; nonlinear equations of acoustics; steepening and harmonic generation; weak shocks and N-waves; Burger’s equation; sonic booms; acoustic saturation; radiation pressure; acoustic levitation; nonlinear reflections and standing waves; biomedical harmonic imaging; streaming; cavitation and sonoluminescence; parametric arrays and the “audio spotlight”; scattering of sound by sound; computational nonlinear acoustics.

Text: TBA


Spring 2020 Distance Education Course Schedule

January 13 – May 8

Tentative course offering (suggestions can be sent to acousticsde@psu.edu).


ACS 514, Electroacoustic Transducers

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, basic linear circuit theory, differential equations, and complex numbers. Must have working knowledge of required software.


ACS 515, Acoustics in Fluid Waves

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: ACS 502, Elements of Waves in Fluids or ACS 597B, Introduction to Acoustics and Fluid Media, ACS 598E, Engineering Mathematics I or equivalent, or instructor consent.


ACS 597, Advanced Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Prerequisite: ACS 597, Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibrations

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 may not enroll in this course.


ACS 597, TBD

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: TBD


ACS 598, Engineering Mathematics I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers.


 
 

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Founded in 1965, Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics has become the leading resource for graduate education in acoustics in the United States. The interdisciplinary program leads to the degrees: Master of Engineering in Acoustics (M.Eng.), Master of Science in Acoustics (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics (Ph.D.)

Graduate Program in Acoustics

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

201 Applied Science Building

University Park, PA 16802