Graduate Program in Acoustics

 


Spring 2018 Distance Education Course Schedule

Preregistration and Registration information available on the DE Course Registration page.

Class Dates: January 8 - May 4

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

 

Tuition Fee Schedule

Degree Student Tuition- $2,625. for a 3 credit course

Nondegree Student Tuition- $2,559.00 for a 3 credit course

IT (Information Technology) Fee Schedule

Due each semester

$86.00 for 1 - 4 credits

$189.00 for 5 - 8 credits

*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 the 5 PM EST, Friday, January 5th and all Resume Study DEGREE student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later the 5 PM EST, Monday, January 1st.

 

Spring 2018 course offering:

  • ACS 514: Electroacoustic Transducers
  • ACS 515: Acoustics in Fluid Media
  • ACS 597.001: Advanced Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration
  • ACS 597.002: Spatial Sound and 3-D Audio
  • ACS 598: Engineering Mathematics I

 

1. Course: ACS 514, Electroacoustic Transducers

  • Instructor: Dr. Tom Gabrielson
  • Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:05 AM- 10:20 AM EST
  • 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.

 

2. Course: ACS 515, Acoustics in Fluid Media

  • Instructor: Dr. Dan Russell
  • Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:35 PM- 2:50 PM EST
  • 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

 

3. Course: ACS 597 section 001, Advanced Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

  • Instructor: Dr. Karl Reichard
  • Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 9:05 AM - 10:20 AM EST
  • 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.

 

4. Course: ACS 597 section 002, Spatial Sound and 3-D Audio

  • Instructor: Dr. Michelle Vigeant and Dr. Victor Sparrow
  • Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM EST
  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: see Tuition Schedule above
  • Prerequisite: 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; virtual reality modeling language (VRML) and applications.
  • Texts:
    • Head-related Transfer Function and Virtual Audio Display, Bosun Xie, 2nd Ed., J. Ross Publishing, 2013

 

5. Course: ACS 598, Engineering Mathematics I

  • Instructor: Dr. Amanda Handford
  • Class Time: Tuesday, 4:00-7:00pm
  • 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 2018 Distance Education Course Schedule - August 20 - December 14

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

1. ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration, 3 credits

  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers

 

2. ACS 502, Elements of Waves in Fluids, 3 credits

  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics and differential equations

 

3. ACS 597, Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers
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    4. ACS 597, Computational Acoustics, 3 credits

    • Co-Requisite Registration: ACS 501 or ACS 597A Elements of Acoustics and Vibration and ACS 502 or 597B Elements of Waves in Fluids

     

    5. AE 458, Architectural Acoustics Noise Control, 3 credits

    • Prerequisite: ACS 501 or ACS 597A Elements of Acoustics and Vibration and ACS 502 or 597B Elements of Waves in Fluids