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Fundamentals of Acoustics, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-84789-2
560 pages
December 1999, ©2000
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The classic acoustics reference! This widely-used book offers a clear treatment of the fundamental principles underlying the generation, transmission, and reception of acoustic waves and their application to numerous fields. The authors analyze the various types of vibration of solid bodies and the propagation of sound waves through fluid media.
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Fundamentals of Vibration.

Transverse Motion: The Vibrating String.

Vibrations of Bars.

The Two-Dimensional Wave Equation: Vibrations of Membranes and Plates.

The Acoustic Wave Equation and Simple Solutions.

Reflection and Transmission.

Radiation and Reception of Acoustic Waves.

Absorption and Attenuation of Sound.

Cavities and Waveguides.

Pipes, Resonators, and Filters.

Noise, Signal Detection, Hearing, and Speech.

Architectural Acoustics.

Environmental Acoustics.

Transduction.

Underwater Acoustics.

Selected Nonlinear Acoustic Effects.

Shock Waves and Explosions.

Appendices.

Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems.

Index.
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  • In this edition, the chapters have been reorganized to provide a smoother transition to the more challenging concepts.
  • Two new chapters have been added which illustrate how the principles of acoustics can be applied to nonlinear effects.
  • The number of homework problems has been increased to over 700, providing greater opportunity for practice of conceptual understanding.
  • Expanded appendices now provide more information on physical constants, elementary transcendental functions, elements of thermodynamics and elasticity and viscosity.
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  • Asterisks in the table of contents indicate optional sections that can be omitted if time is short. The first seven chapters of the text may be used separately to form a shorter course, providing for flexibility of instruction.
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