Fall 2022 Distance Education Course Schedule

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


Class Dates:

August 22–December 16

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

Tuition Fee:

Tuition rate and IT fee for fall 2022 is approximately $3,000. The exact amount will be determined by the Penn State Board of Trustees in July.


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 p.m. ET, Friday, August 12.
  • All resume study DEGREE student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday, August 15.

Fall 2022 Distance Education Courses


ACS 501: Elements of Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Dan Russell

Credits: 3

Tentative Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:35 – 2:50 p.m. ET

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: Understanding Acoustics: An Experimentalist’s View of Sound and Vibration, 2nd Ed., Garrett, Steven L., 2020 (Springer) ISBN-10: 3030447863 

Free PDF available after course registration.


ACS 502: Elements of Sound Waves in Fluids

Instructor: Dr. Yun Jing

Credits: 3

Tentative Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 9:05 – 10:20 a.m. ET

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)  ISBN-10: 0471319791


ACS 503: Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Dan Brown

Credits: 3

Tentative Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:05 – 10:20 a.m. ET

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 597: Computational Acoustics

Instructor: Dr. Vic Sparrow

Credits: 3

Tentative Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET

Tuition: See tuition fee announcement above.

Prerequisite: Co-Requisite Registration: ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration, and ACS 502, Elements of Waves in Fluids.

Course Material: The purpose of this course is to provide a good background in computational acoustics by providing instruction in using modern commercial packages for solving acoustics problems as well as a good understanding of the fundamental background knowledge so that the commercial packages can be used correctly and effectively. Students will be exposed to many important tools in acoustics including symbolic manipulation programs such as Mathematica; finite differences, finite elements and boundary elements; scientific visualization; and sound propagation algorithms. Topics covered include: using PCs and UNIX workstations; visualizing and postprocessing acoustic data; transient analysis of acoustics waves; modal and forced responses of arbitrary cavities using finite elements; acoustic radiation and scattering predicted using boundary elements and/or infinite elements; and first pass at parallel processing.

Text: Instructor notes

Software: MatLab or MatLab Student Version, available at webapps.psu.edu. Mathematica or Mathematica for Students, available at webapps.psu.edu.


ACS 597: Noise Control Applications

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Barnard

Tentative Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:05 – 4:20 p.m. ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: See tuition fee announcement above.

Prerequisite: This course does not have prerequisites, however, is intended to generally be taken after ACS 537—Noise Control Engineering. Students with industry or acoustical consulting backgrounds can be successful in this course if they have not taken ACS 537.

Course Material: This course focuses on applications in noise control engineering. The course is split into three main overlapping themes: advanced measurement methods, machinery noise control, and business techniques for noise and vibration specialists. The advanced measurement methods will cover topics such as sound intensity, sound power, sound quality, impedance and transmission loss tubes, and coherent output power. The machinery noise control topics include noise generation and control from systems such as gears, pulleys, fans, HVAC systems, muffler systems, and rotating machinery. Finally, throughout the course, business development and business model generation techniques will be introduced with specific examples in noise control engineering. 

Text: Instructor notes

Software: Working knowledge of (MATLAB, Octave, OR Python) AND Microsoft Excel.


Spring 2023 Distance Education Course Schedule

Class Dates: January 9–May 5

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.

 

 
 

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Graduate Program in Acoustics

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