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Marine acoustics

Objectives and Content

Objectives

The objective of the course is to give a general introduction to the fundamental principles of marine acoustics, with emphasis on physical mechanisms, laws, and relationships. The course shall convey an understanding of central basic methods and topics that are relevant in practical applications for use of sound in marine environments.

Content

The course gives an introduction to fundamental methods in marine acoustics, as a basis for technological industrial applications and basic research within marine acoustics. The course addresses acoustic wave propagation in the sea; reflection and transmission of acoustic waves in the sea; backscattering from objects, surfaces and volume segments; noise and signal fluctuations; generation and reception of sound waves with acoustic sonar transducers / arrays; and basic sonar signal processing. The course gives a general and broad introduction to marine acoustics, with emphasis on physical principles. The course can be of interest for students in related fields, such as optics and industrial instrumentation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student is able to

  • explain central concepts, laws, and models in marine acoustics
  • explain fundamental physical principles underlying the generation, propagation, reception, and processing of sound waves in underwater environments

Skills

The student is able to

  • use the fundamental laws and relationships to solve relatively simple problems in marine acoustics.

General expertise

  • the student has insight in fundamental principles of marine acoustics, with emphasis on physical mechanisms, laws, and relationships, and understanding of central basic methods and topics that are relevant in practical applications of sound in the ocean.

Required Previous Knowledge

PHYS271

Recommended Previous Knowledge

MAT111, MAT112, INF100, PHYS112, PHYS116

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Ingen

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Forms of Assessment

Oral examination (100% of grade).

Examination Support Material

None

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June1st for the autum senester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated b the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Contact

Contact Information

Student advisor: studie.fysikk@uib.no

Exam information