**Principles of Learning **

**S302, General and Speech Acoustics**

**1. Practice a lot**. Acoustics is a branch of physics, which is part of applied mathematics.
There is no substitute for practice to learn mathematical skills. Interactive
software, homeworks, in class quizzes, and tests all offer learning experiences and
practice.

**2. Learn concepts, do not memorize details**. Understanding the underlying concepts in physics is hard work, especially
if details of formulas have to be memorized. Therefore, students are permitted
to prepare one page of handwritten notes for their tests that organize the
formulas, constants and examples in a way useful to them. Since memorization
is not part of the evaluation process, tests require students
to tap into underlying concepts to answer the questions.

**3. Receive frequent feedback in order to build on successful learning.** Questestions for understanding and quizzes are given early daily with immediate feedback. Answers to homeworks
etc. are provided as soon as possible after being turned in. They are provided
in written form so that small, but critical, details of the mathematics
are not incorrectly written down by the student.

**4. Get help.** The professor and assistant instructor for this course have office hours to give
one-on-one help with the mathematics and all assignments. The professor
also encourages and expects students to come to office hours with any problems. It is anticipated that students
have very different backgrounds in mathematics and physics. The extra help
available outside of class time is intended to address the problem of varied
backgrounds.

**5. Explore acoustics.** Acoustics is the important basic science that links speech production to
hearing science and speech perception. Acoustics is the science of sound
- and without sound neither speech nor hearing processes can be the
ordinary basis of human communication.
Many links will be noted on our website that have interesting information
relevant to this class. The hope is that by exploring the learning opportunities
in this class, students will find this knowledge enjoyable and relevant
to their educational goals in speech and hearing sciences.

D. Kewley-Port

Last updated: 08/26/07