Audio Engineering (Science of Sound) OpenCourseWare: USU's Free Undergraduate Audio Engineering Class

Published Feb 07, 2009

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From the sound your hands makes when they clap to the humming of your computer, this free OpenCourseWare analyzes how sound is produced and perceived. 'Science of Sound' is offered by Utah State University (USU) and covers a broad range of sonic production techniques and the theory behind sound waves. This undergraduate-level course is appropriate for students interested in Music Production, Mathematics, Engineering or Physics.

Science of Sound: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No Yes Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
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Science of Sound: Course Description

This course covers both physical acoustics and psychoacoustics through a study of six different forms of sound. In this OpenCourseWare offered through Utah State University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the production of sound and how sound is perceived are discussed in detail. Students study components of sound, including sonic waves, vibrations and resonance, along with different sounds produced by musical instruments and electronic amplification. During every module, students can learn new vocabulary, physical concepts of sounds and use algebraic equations to solve problems related to the concepts featured. The materials and information within this undergraduate-level course were developed by USU lecturer, Professor Paul Wheeler, Ph.D.

A reading list, lecture notes and links to related resources are available for free online. Also available are downloadable flash animations related to course topics. If you are interested in learning more about the qualities and attributes of sound, visit the sound and science course page.

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