Computer programs supporting instruction in acoustics
Green, Thomas Alan
Sanders, James V.
Atchley, Anthony A.
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Traditionally, the study of mechanical vibration and sound wave propagation has been presented through textbooks, classroom discussion and laboratory experiments. However, in today's academic environment, students have access to high performance computing facilities which can greatly augment the learning process. This thesis provides computer algorithms for examining selected topics drawn from the text, Fundamentals of Acoustics, Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., by Kinsler, Frey, Coppens and Sanders, (KFCS). Emphasis is on using the modeling and simulation capability of the programming language, MATLAB(TM), to illustrate and analyze complex physical principles which may seem obscure on the printed page yet are challenging or inconvenient to duplicate in the laboratory. This is not a passive recitation of acoustic phenomena, but complements KFCS with interactive student participation. The usefulness of these programs and any weaknesses in format or content needs to be tested in the classroom.
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