Fall 2018 Distance Education Course Schedule

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


Class Dates:

August 20–December 14

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

Tuition Fee Schedule:

Tuition rate and IT fee is approximate. Rates will be decided by the Penn State Board of Trustees in August 2018.

  • Degree Student Tuition: Approximately $2,700 for a 3-credit course
  • Nondegree Student Tuition: Approximately $2,600 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 10, and all Resume Study DEGREE student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later than 5:00 PM EST, Monday, August 6.


Fall 2018 Distance Education Courses

ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Dan Russell

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.

Text: Understanding Acoustics, Garrett, (Springer, 2017) [Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-49976-5] [Paperback for $25 from link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-49978-9]


ACS 502, Elements of Waves in 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, 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

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:05 AM – 10:30 AM EST

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.


AE 458, Advanced Architectural Acoustics and Noise Control

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Vigeant

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:05 PM – 1:20 PM EST

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 covers advanced consideration of noise control in buildings; ventilating system noise and vibration; acoustic design variables. The course will begin with a brief review of acoustics fundamentals and will include the following topics: (1) sound isolation in buildings, (2) heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) noise control and (3) an introduction to architectural acoustics principles for the design of venues for speech and/or music.

Texts:

  • Practical Guide to Noise and Vibration Control for HVAC Systems, Schaffer, Mark E., 2nd Ed., 2005 (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)
  • Architectural Acoustics, Mehta, M., 1999 (out-of-print but available at the Penn State Bookstore)

AERSP 511, Aerodynamically Induced Noise

Instructors: Dr. Phillip Morris and Dr. Kenneth Brentner

Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 10:10 AM – 11:25 AM EST

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

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

Course Material: This course includes a review of fluid mechanics and develops the general theory of aerodynamic sound. Applications include noise radiation from jets, boundary layers, rotors and fans. Additional topics include structural response to aerodynamically generated noise.

Texts: TBA


Spring 2019 Distance Education Course Schedule

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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Graduate Program in Acoustics

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