Fall 2021 Distance Education Course Schedule

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


Class Dates:

August 23–December 17

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

Tuition Fee:

Tuition rate and IT fee for Fall 2021 will be approximately $2,900.00 for a 3-credit course. The exact amount will be decided this summer by the Penn State Board of Trustees and will be posted at that time.


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 13.

All Resume Study DEGREE student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later than 5:00 PM EST, Monday, August 16.


Fall 2021 Distance Education Courses


ACS 501: Elements of Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Dan Russell

Credits: 3

Tuition: See Tuition Fee announcement 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: TBA


ACS 502: Elements of Sound Waves in Fluids

Instructor: Dr. Julianna Simon

Credits: 3

Tuition: See Tuition Fee announcement 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 503: Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Dan Brown

Credits: 3

Tuition: See Tuition Fee announcement 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 or MatLab Student Version, available at webapps.psu.edu.


ACS 519: Sound and Structure Interaction

Instructor: Dr. Steve Hambric

Credits: 3

Tuition: See Tuition Fee announcement above.

Prerequisite: ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration, and ACS 502, Elements of Sound 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: Engineering Vibroacoustic Analysis, Hambric, Nefske and Sung, 2016 (Wiley)


ACS 597: Nonlinear Acoustics

Instructor: Dr. Vic Sparrow

Credits: 3

Tuition: See Tuition Fee announcement above.

Prerequisite: ACS 502, Elements of Sound 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: Nonlinear Acoustics, M. F. Hamilton and D. T. Blackstock, 1995 or 2008 (available through The Acoustical Society of America)


ACS 597: Advanced Transducers & Acoustic System Modeling

Instructor: Dr. Steve Thompson

Class Time: TBA

Credits: 3

Tuition: See Tuition Fee announcement above.

Prerequisite: ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration, ACS 502, Elements of Sound Waves in Fluids and 514 Electroacoustic Transducers.

Course Material: Topics for this course include: condenser, electret, piezoelectric, moving coil, and balanced-armature transducers; and the interaction of closely spaced transducers. Computational modeling for transducer systems will use the methods of dynamic system modeling using Simscape (which is included in the PSU student license for The MathWorks product line). This course will include a significant emphasis on modeling of magnetic circuits and devices and will cover methods for modeling the nonlinearities that are present in most actual transducer devices.

Software: The SimScape modeling software from The MathWorks. SimScape and all required toolboxes are included with the Penn State student license to the MathWorks software. This license is often referred to as the MATLAB license. However, a full installation of the Penn State student license also includes Simulink, SimScape and many toolboxes. This license must be purchased from the Penn State software store. Please note that all of the required software components may not be included in the standard student license purchased from the MathWorks web site, and are likely not included in many corporate licenses. Distance Ed students who have been able to use their employer’s corporate license for other courses may find that license does not include enough features for this course. In that case, it would be necessary to buy the Penn State student license for this course.


Spring 2022 Distance Education Course Schedule

Class Dates: January 10–May 6

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 Sound 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 503 or ACS 597, Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

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 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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