Spring 2019 Distance Education Course Schedule

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


Class Dates:

January 7–May 3

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

Tuition Fee Schedule:

  • Student Tuition: $2,658 for a 3-credit course

IT (Information Technology) Fee Schedule:

Due each semester.

  • $86 for 1–4 credits
  • $189 for 5–8 credits

In order to guarantee spring course enrollment the following dates must be met with The Graduate School:

All NEW NON-DEGREE student applications or NON-DEGREE Resume Study student requests (the application and fee or request) must be completed with The Graduate School no later than 5:00 PM EST, Friday, January 4.

All DEGREE Resume Study student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later than 5:00 PM EST, Monday, December 31.


Spring 2019 Distance Education Courses

Spring 2018 course offering:


ACS 514, Electroacoustic Transducers

Instructor: Dr. Tom Gabrielson

Class Time: TBA

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

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.

Texts: Instructor Notes

Software: MatLab (available at www.mathworks.com), 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. Dan Russell

Class Time: TBA

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

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.

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:

  • Acoustics: An Introduction to Its Physical Principles and Applications, Allan D. Pierce, Acoustical Society of America, 1989
  • Fundamentals of Physical Acoustics, David T. Blackstock, J. Wiley & Sons, 2000
  • Recommended Text: Fourier Acoustics: Sound Radiation and Nearfield Acoustical Holography, Earl G. Williams, Academic Press, 1999

ACS 597, Advanced Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Karl Reichard

Class Time: TBA

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

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.

Texts: Instructor Notes

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

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


ACS 597, Advanced Transducers & Acoustic System Modeling

Instructor: Dr. Steve Thompson

Class Time: TBA

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

Prerequisite: ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration, ACS 502, Elements of 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 SPICE, and 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 LTspice program that is freely available from Analog Devices from their website at www.analog.com/en/design-center/design-tools-and-calculators/ltspice-simulator.html. Students should use the Windows version of this program, as support for the Mac version is no longer available. However the Windows version of LTspice is known to run on Mac and Linux OS under the freely available Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) compatibility layer. You can find the latest stable release of Wine at www.winehq.org.
  • 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 PSU 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 PSU student license for this course.

Course: ACS 597, Ocean Acoustics

Instructor: Dr. Charles Holland and Dr. Sheri Martinelli

Class Time: TBA

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

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

Course Material: This course covers a broad, but comprehensive, introduction to many important topics in underwater acoustics. The major goal is to give participants a practical understanding of fundamental concepts, along with an appreciation of current research and development activities. It serves as a foundation for more advanced study of current literature of for other specialized courses. Topics will include ocean physics, propagation, reflection, and scattering in the ocean environment. Additional material may be covered as time permits.

Texts: No text is required for this course. The lecture notes will be available electronically and will cover all of the course material.


ACS 598, Engineering Mathematics I

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Handford

Class Time: TBA

Credits: 3

Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above

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 (available at www.mathworks.com) or Mathematica (available at www.wolfram.com). Student versions acceptable.


Fall 2019 Distance Education Course Schedule

August 26 – December 20

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 597, Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers


ACS 597, TBA

Credits: 3


ACS 597, TBA

Credits: 3


 
 

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Graduate Program in Acoustics

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