Acoustic testing and modeling: an advanced undergraduate laboratory.

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The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN: 1520-8524, Vol: 131, Issue: 3, Page: 2515-24

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Russell, Daniel A.; Ludwigsen, Daniel O.
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
Arts and Humanities; Physics and Astronomy; acoustics; acoustic modeling; undergraduates; tuning forks; microphones; computer modeling; Acoustics, Dynamics, and Controls; Physics
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This paper describes an advanced laboratory course in acoustics, specifically targeted for students with an interest in engineering applications at a school with a strongly integrated industrial co-op program. The laboratory course is developed around a three-pronged approach to problem solving that combines and integrates theoretical models, computational models, and experimental data. The course is structured around modules that begin with fundamental concepts and build laboratory skills and expand the knowledge base toward a final project. Students keep a detailed laboratory notebook, write research papers in teams, and must pass laboratory certification exams. This paper describes the course layout and philosophy and shares personal experience from both faculty and student perspectives.