Topics and Notes Summary (last update 5/6/2009):

Apr. 30 (Thurs) Final Exam (in class, closed book, no notes).
Apr. 28 (Tues) Audio effects and synthesis (examples and discussion)
Apr. 23 (Thurs) Balanced and unbalanced wiring, shielding, and grounding.

Electrical wiring notes (.pdf)


Apr. 21 (Tues) No class this day (instructor out of town)


Apr. 16 (Thurs) Home and studio power wiring (cont.)
Apr. 14 (Tues) Electrical circuits, principles, and home and studio power wiring.
Apr. 9 (Thurs) Continue discussion of audio electronics.  Microphone types and characteristics.
Apr. 7 (Tues) Continue discussion of audio electronics.  Microphone types and characteristics.
Apr. 2 (Thurs) Quiz at the start of class.

Begin discussion of audio electronics.  Basic transducers: microphones and loudspeakers.

Mar. 31 (Tues) Homework due at the start of class.

Complete the discussion of musical acoustics concepts.

Mar. 26 (Thurs) Continue musical acoustics overview: scale tuning examples.


Mar. 24 (Tues) Continue musical acoustics overview.

Homework assignment in class:  due next Tuesday 3/31/09.

Mar. 17 (Tues)
Mar. 19 (Thurs)
SPRING BREAK (no class this week)
Mar. 12 (Thurs) Review midterm exam results (avg: 28/35)

Begin discussion of musical acoustics.

Mar. 10 (Tues) Midterm exam in class this day

Based on material in the course up through Thursday, March 5.
Closed book and notes.

Mar. 5 (Thurs) In class Quiz on architectural acoustics topics.

Discussion of Reynolds Hall measurements.  Estimation of reverberation using the Sabine equation.

Mar. 3 (Tues)

Reverberation measurements in Reynolds Recital Hall.


Feb. 26 (Thurs) No class this day (instructor out of town)

Note:  midterm exam is likely to be scheduled for Tuesday, March 10.

Feb. 24 (Tues) Isolation and transmission of sound in structures; sound transmission class (STC) concepts.  "Transmission loss" contrasted with reverberant absorption concepts.


Feb. 19 (Thurs)

In class Quiz hearing system and lecture material.

Begin room and architectural acoustics topics (Chapter 20 and 21).


Feb. 17 (Tues)

Hearing system physiology and psychology (cont.)


Feb. 12 (Thurs)

Hearing system physiology and psychology.

Handout on decibel measurements.

Feb. 10 (Tues)

Finish acoustic wave effects and behavior.  Start consideration of human hearing system and physiology.

Read Chapters 13-15.


Feb. 5 (Thurs) In class Quiz on Chapter 6 and lecture material.

Acoustic wave effects and behavior

Read Chapter 8 of the textbook.

Feb. 3 (Tues) Sound waves and wave propagation. Wave reflection and interference. Doppler Effect. Standing waves and sustained oscillations.

Finish reading Chapter 6 of the textbook.

Jan. 29 (Thurs)

In class Quiz on Chapter 4 and lecture material.

Vibration calculations.  Start wave propagation discussion.

Speed of sound measurement in class.

Jan. 27 (Tues)

Power and energy discussion.

Vibration in simple mass-spring systems: sinusoidal oscillation, frequency, period, cycle, amplitude, and the effects of damping.

Reading assignment:  start chapter 6 from the textbook (we are skipping chapter 5 for now).  Here is a .pdf of chapters 6 and 8 for temporary use by anyone who is still waiting on the textbook.

Jan. 22 (Thurs)

In class Quiz on Chapter 3 and lecture material.

Vibration in simple mass-spring systems and basic mass-spring-damper systems (Chapter 4)

Reading assignment:  Read chapter 4 from the Strong textbook (handout).

Jan. 20 (Tues)

Basic physical quantities and laws.  Measurement units for distance, time, mass, frequency, force, energy, power, etc.

Vibration in simple mass-spring systems and basic mass-spring-damper systems.

Jan. 15 (Thurs)

First class meeting at 1:10PM in Howard Hall Room 117.

Course introduction and some listening experiments.

Reading assignment:  Read chapter 3 from the Strong textbook (handout).