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Intro to Acoustics (Part 1) (Coursera)

This course introduces acoustics by using the concept of impedance. In the previous part, the course starts with vibrations and waves, demonstrating how vibration can be envisaged as a kind of wave, mathematically and physically. They are realized by one-dimensional examples, which provide mathematically simplest but clear enough physical insights. Then the part 1 ends with explaining waves on a flat surface of discontinuity, demonstrating how propagation characteristics of waves change in space where there is a distributed impedance mismatch.

Following the part 1, part 2 starts with radiation, scattering, and diffraction, which can be explained in a unified way by seeing the changes of waves due to spatially distributed impedance. Lastly, the course covers sound in closed space, which is considered to be a space that is surrounded by spatially distributed impedance, and introduces two spaces: acoustically large and small space.

Who is this class for: This course is for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in acoustics, audio engineering, and noise control engineering. Practicing engineers and researchers in audio engineering and noise control, or students in engineering and physics disciplines, who want to gain an understanding sound and vibration concepts, are also welcome.




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Vibration and Waves

You will going to learn basic concepts of vibration and waves for this week. From the vibration of string, you will be able to derive one dimensional wave equation. Then it will be explained with the concept of ‘Impedance.’

Graded: Quiz for Week 1 (Vibration & Waves)


Acoustic Wave Equation

Earlier part of this week, you will learn three fundamental physical measures that explain one dimensional wave equation. After that, you will briefly learn about basic concepts of acoustic intensity and energy.

Graded: Quiz for Week 2-1 (Wave Equation)

Graded: Quiz for Week 2-2 (Basic Measurement)


Acoustic Wave Equation and its Basic Physical Measures

On this week, you will learn deeply into acoustic intensity and energy. Then you will get the concept of units of sound, or dB scale with listening to various sound. At the end, you will be able to derive the solutions of the wave equation.

Graded: Quiz for Week 3 (Wave Equation & Basic Measures)


Waves on a Flat Surface of Discontinuity 1

You will now learn when the waves meet on a flat surface of discontinuity. It will be explained with the mass law of wave phenomena.

Graded: Quiz for Week 4 (Waves on a Flat Surface of Discontinuity)


Waves on a Flat Surface of Discontinuity 2

You will going to learn more about the waves on a discontinuity. With the Snell’s Law, you will be able to find out the wave propagation after transmission and reflection on discontinuity.

Graded: Final Exam