Course: Acoustics

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Course title Acoustics
Course code KMU/AK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Lyko Petr, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1) Oscillations (introduction to basic physical quantities and parameters of oscillation movement frequency, amplitude, period length, harmonic oscillations, damped/undamped oscillations, interference, higher harmonic tones). 2) Waves (introduction to the principle of a functioning of basic types of waves progressive transverse waves, progressive longitudinal waves, stationary waves; also, an examination of the issues of wave length takes place). 3) Wave propagation (wavefronts, acoustic shadow, Huygen's principle). 4) Human auditory organ (its structure, functions of its parts). 5) Auditory field (the definition of thresholds of hearing that depend on individual quantities). 6) Auditory masking (the definition of the principle and its impacts). 7) Binaural hearing (the definition of the principle and its impacts). 8) The influence of an intensity of sound on auditory organ (auditory adaptation, auditory fatigue, tactile threshold, etc.). 9) Chosen aspects of music signal (oscillogram and its transformations into a time envelope). 10) Types of musical signals and their character (percussion/non-percussion signals, stationary/non-stationary signals, etc.). 11) Basics of architectural acoustics (acoustic qualities of individual materials, the issues of absorption/reflectance of acoustic tiles). 12) Basics of interior space acoustics (the influence of space on a propagation of acoustic signal, reverberation, radiation from a source, etc.).

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Semestral Work - 20 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 60 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The goal is to provide insight into the fundamental issues of physical, musical, spatial, and physiological acoustics, to acquaint students with the basic acoustic aspects, phenomena and laws, such as oscillations, waves, frequency spectrum, organ of hearing and hearing, masking, methods and application of research outputs.
The student knows basic theoretical issues of physical, physiological, and interior space/architectural acoustics. Acquired skills: The student is able to apply acquired knowledge in other musicological disciplines such as organology, music psychology, music theory, etc. Acquired qualifications: The student: - is able to use theoretical as well as practical solutions of the given discipline when solving complex tasks of a synthetic character in the framework of music science. - is ready to solve practical tasks in the framework of application outputs such as the suitability of a given space (a concert hall) for performance of an adequate type of music, suitable cast, etc.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Recommended literature
  • Syrový, Václav. (2003). Hudební akustika. Praha.
  • Syrový, Václav. (2001). Malý slovník základních pojmů z hudební akustiky a hudební elektroniky. Praha.
  • Špelda, Antonín. (1978). Hudební akustika. Praha.

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