Spring 2022 Distance Education Course Schedule

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


Class Dates:

January 10–May 6

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

Tuition Fee:

Tuition rate and IT fee for Spring 2022 is $2,850.00 for a 3-credit course.


In order to guarantee spring 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, December 31.
  • All Resume Study DEGREE student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later than 5:00 PM EST, Monday, January 3.

Spring 2022 Distance Education Courses


ACS 514: Electroacoustic Transducers

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Thompson

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:05–10:20 AM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $2,850.00

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

Course Material: This course covers derivation and discussion of the fundamental operating characteristics of transducers for acoustics and for vibration. Acoustic transducers will include microphones, loudspeakers, and underwater hydrophones and projectors.

Text: Instructor Notes

Software: MatLab (to request the free student license for MATHWORKS go to softwarerequest.psu.edu), Octave, Python, MathCad, or Mathematica (student versions acceptable for all packages). Student must have a working knowledge of one of these software tools prior to taking this course.


ACS 515: Acoustics in Fluid Media

Instructor: Dr. Yun Jing

Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 2:30–3:45 PM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $2,850.00

Prerequisite: ACS 502, Elements of Waves in Fluids, ACS 598E Engineering Mathematics I or equivalent, or instructor consent.

Course Material: This course focuses on acoustic radiation and scattering. Finite sources, superposition of simple sources, free space Green's functions, dipoles and quadrupoles, multipole expansion, Kirchhoff-Helmholtz integral theorem, Rayleigh integral, radiation and scattering from cylinders and spheres, diffraction, sound sources in ducts, cavities, and rooms, and reciprocity.

Texts: Fundamentals of Physical Acoustics, Blackstock, David T., New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000; ACOUSTICS: An Introduction to Its Physical Principles and Applications, ASA, 2019.


ACS 521: Stress Waves in Fluids

Instructor: Dr. Cliff Lissenden

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:35–2:50 PM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $2,850.00

Prerequisite: Elasticity, boundary value problems

Course Material: This course will cover recent advances in ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation; the propagation of elastic waves in solids; reflection and refraction of waves; horizontal shear; multilayer structures; viscoelastic media; testing principles.

Text: Ultrasonic Guided Waves in Solid Media, Cambridge, Joseph Rose. 2014.

Software: None required. MatLab skills or finite element software like Comsol or Abagus would be helpful.


ACS 537: Noise Control Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Dan Russell

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:05–4:20 PM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $2,850.00

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers

Course Material: This course provides an introduction to the application of acoustics to noise control problems. Topics covered: source-path-receiver model, human hearing and psychoacoustics, human response to noise and vibration, sound quality metrics and criteria for quantifying noise, acoustic standards related to noise and vibration control, instrumentation for measuring and analyzing noise and vibration, noise sources (distributed sources, impact sources, flow noise), absorption (materials, measurement, placement), control of sound in large and small rooms, partitions and barriers, mufflers, and vibration control techniques.

Text: Instructor Notes


ACS 597: Advanced Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Karl Reichard

Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 8:30–9:45 AM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $2,850.00

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.

Course Material: This course is concerned with the time and frequency-domain analysis of discrete-time signals and discrete-time linear systems, with an emphasis on developing and applying analysis techniques with applications in acoustics and vibrations. Topics covered include: a review of time and frequency-domain representations of systems; the analysis and design of IIR and FIR digital filters; time-frequency analysis; signal detection and classification; and signal modulation. Possible application topics include vibration and modal analysis, machinery and structural health and condition monitoring, source localization and classification, and outdoor sound propagation.

Text: Instructor Notes

Text (Optional): Discrete-Time Signal Processing, 2nd Ed., Oppenheim, A.V., Schafer, R.W. & Buck, J.R., Prentice Hall. 1999.

Software: MatLab and MatLab Signal Processing Toolbox (to request the free student license for MATHWORKS go to softwarerequest.psu.edu) or Octave. Student versions acceptable.


ACS 597: Spatial Sound and 3-D Audio

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Vigeant and Dr. Victor Sparrow

Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 1:10–2:25 PM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $2,850.00

Prerequisites: Class pre-requisites include some familiarity with basic acoustics. ACS 502 Elements of Waves in Fluids or 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.

Course Material: This course is an overview of recent developments in virtual acoustics (also known as 3-D sound, 3-D audio, binaural audio, or spatialized sound). The course pulls from many subdisciplines of acoustics including psychoacoustics, physical acoustics, signal processing, active acoustic control, architectural acoustics, audio engineering and computational acoustics. Topics to be covered include: Head related transfer functions (HRTFs); elements of psychoacoustics for 3-D sound; the "stereo dipole"; auralization (including reverberation effects); virtual acoustic systems; cross talk cancellation; Ambisonics; wave field synthesis; multi-channel audio; object-based audio for spatial sound, height channels and applications.

Text: Provided


ACS 598: Engineering Mathematics I

Instructor: TBA

Class Time: TBA

Credits: 3

Tuition: $2,850.00

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers

Course Material: This course will provide basic tools for solution of differential equation of acoustics and vibration. Topics include: first, second, and higher order ODEs, boundary and initial value problems; special functions and series solutions; Laplace and Fourier transforms; and numerical integration techniques.

Text: Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 10th Ed., Erwin Kreyszig, J. Wiley & Sons, 2011.

Software: MatLab (to request the free student license for MATHWORKS go to softwarerequest.psu.edu) or Mathematica (available at www.wolfram.com). Student versions acceptable.


Fall 2022 Distance Education Course Schedule

Class Dates: August 22–December 16

Tentative Course Offering

(Suggestions can be sent to acousticsde@psu.edu.)

ACS 501: Elements of Acoustics and Vibration

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers


ACS 502: Elements of Waves in Fluids

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics and differential equations


ACS 503: Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers


ACS 597: Computational Acoustics

Credits: 3

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


 
 

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Graduate Program in Acoustics

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