Acoustic Systems

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Neville H. Fletcher


The preceding chapters have introduced us to the physics and mathematics of a wide range of acoustic components, and the explicit formulae we have derived allow us to calculate behavior of simple systems in a good amount of detail. Very often, however, we shall wish to understand and even to calculate the behavior of more complex systems combining a number of acoustic components to make resonators, mufflers, auditory systems, loudspeakers, and microphones. While a study of the detailed complexity of such systems would take us too far from the purpose of this small book, it is very useful to know the basic principles by which their behavior can be calculated.


Acoustic Impedance Acoustic Pressure Pressure Source Acoustic System Helmholtz Resonator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Neville H. Fletcher
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical Sciences Research School of Physical Sciences and EngineeringAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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