Topics and Notes Summary (last update 4/22/2011):


Apr. 28 (Thurs)

Last class day:  wrap up and course review for final exam

The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 2:00-3:50PM, in the regular classroom.


Apr. 26 (Tues)

Audio signal processing (cont.)

Perceptual audio coding (MP3, etc.)


Apr. 21 (Thurs)

Quiz in class on transducers and electricity.

Audio signal processing and effects (examples)


Apr. 19 (Tues)

Digital audio effects--basic principles and concepts


Apr. 14 (Thurs)

Audio signals:  connector types

Intro to digital audio and digital sampling.


Apr. 12 (Tues)

Electrical principles:  balanced and unbalanced interconnects


Apr. 7 (Thurs)

Audio signals:  electrical principles (handout)


Apr. 5 (Tues)

Transducers (cont.):  loudspeakers


Mar. 31 (Thurs)

No class this day (instructor out of town)


Mar. 29 (Tues)

Transducer introduction:  microphones

Transducer notes.

Microphone polar patterns.


Mar. 24 (Thurs)

Musical acoustics (cont.)

Mar. 22 (Tues)

Discuss Reynolds Hall test results.

Begin musical acoustics topics. Handout.


Mar. 17 (Thurs)

Spring Break (no class this day)

Mar. 15 (Tues)

Spring Break (no class this day)


Mar. 10 (Thurs)

MEET in Reynolds Recital Hall

Acoustical tests and measurements

Mar. 8 (Tues)

Sound attenuation properties of wall and floor systems.


assignment due at the start of class.

Mar. 3 (Thurs)

Sound propagation in small rooms and large rooms.

Mar. 1 (Tues)

Sound absorption, reflection, and transmission (cont.)

Midterm exams returned in class.


assignment:  handout sheet (due at the start of class on 3/8/11)

Feb. 24 (Thurs)

Midterm Exam in class (closed book, closed notes)

Feb. 22 (Tues)

Sound absorption, reflection, and transmission

Reading assignment:  chapters 20-23 from the textbook. 

Feb. 17 (Thurs)

The human ear (cont.)

Note:  midterm exam is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 24, in class.

Feb. 15 (Tues)

The human ear:  physiology and psychology

Reading assignment:  chapters 13, 14, and 15 from the textbook. 

Feb. 10 (Thurs)

In class Quiz on remainder of Section I and lecture material.

Decibels and sound level comparisons

Feb. 8 (Tues)

Harmonics and spectra; sound levels and the decibel

Reading assignment:  complete material from Section I ). 

Feb. 3 (Thurs)

In class Quiz on Chapters 6, 8 and lecture material.

Harmonics and spectral behavior.


tanding waves and resonance.

Feb. 1 (Tues)

Complete the discussion of wave phenomena.

Speed of sound measurement.

Reading assignment:  chapters 8 and 9 from the textbook (we are skipping chapter 7). 

Jan. 27 (Thurs)

In class Quiz on Chapter 4 and lecture material.

Vibration calculations.  Start wave propagation discussion.

Speed of sound measurement in class (postponed until Tuesday).

Jan. 25 (Tues)

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

NOTE:  there may be printing errors in the text.  The publisher has provided corrected pages from the book that you can print and replace (.pdf).

Reading assignment:  start chapter 6 from the textbook (we are skipping chapter 5 for now). 

Jan. 20 (Thurs)

In class Quiz on Chapter 3 and lecture material.

Power and energy discussion.

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

Reading assignment:  Read chapter 4 from the Strong textbook.

Jan. 18 (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. 13 (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 .

For those of you who have not yet acquired the book, here is a temporary pdf for chapters 3 and 4.