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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 454 - Acoustics

Theory, applications, and laboratory techniques related to sound and vibration. Topics include: wave propagation, structural vibration, and interaction between sound and structures. Course will be offered on odd numbered years (Spring).

Prerequisites: MATH 376 and PHYS 361 and (PHYS 351 or PHYS 342), or instructor permission.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop mathematical models of sound radiation, outdoor propagation, and structural vibration.
  • Solve problems in acoustics using the following mathematical techniques:
    • differential equations
    • Fourier analysis
    • eigenvalue equations
    • complex variables
  • Predict the behavior of vibrational and acoustic systems using computational methods.
  • Design, set up, and evaluate acoustics and vibration measurement systems.
  • Analyze measurement data with signal processing tools.

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