Course detail

Physics for Audio Engineering

FEKT-JFYZAcad. year: 2018/2019

This course is a basic course of physics, focusing on areas usable in the sound technology. The first part is focused on the basics of particle mechanics, force and motion. The following areas are harmonic, damped and forced oscillations, then progressive and standing waves, the energy transmitted by waves, superposition and interference of waves. Physical fields are next areas which will be discussed. Gravitational field will be mentioned briefly. Electric and magnetic fields will be discussed in more detail, students will spend their formation, properties and basic laws and also generation of electromagnetic waves. This course will familiarize students with basic physical principles used in the measurement of non-electrical quantities by electrical methods. The last part of the course is focused on limits of classical physics and outline of their overcoming.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is able to:
- formulate the equation of motion and use it to solve the motion of point particles and rigid bodies and their systems,
- apply the laws of conservation of energy and momentum in the description of physical processes,
- formulate the equation of oscillating motion,
- describe harmonic, damped and forced oscillations,
- explain the formation of progressive and standing waves,
- describe the phenomena of superposition and interference of waves,
- describe the basic properties of sound waves,
- describe the basic properties of physical fields,
- describe the gravitational field,
- describe the formation of electric and magnetic fields, explain the relation between variables and describe methods of their measurement,
- describe the origin and basic properties of electromagnetic waves,
- explain the principles of measurement of selected non-electrical quantities,
- discuss the fundamental problems of classical physics and the possibility of overcoming them.


The student who enrols in the course should be able to use the Cartesian coordinate system and the graphical representation of the functions. He should be able to manipulate physical quantities, units and equations. He should be able to use mathematical apparatus at the level of basic work with vectors, linear equations, trigonometric, exponential and power law functions.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

HALLIDAY, D.; RESNICK, R.; WALKER, J. Fyzika. Vysoké učení technické v Brně, Vutium, Prometheus Praha, 2000, 2003, 2006. (CS)
FYZIKA. Studijní materiály k přednáškám, cvičením a laboratornímu cvičení. Stránka předmětu na eLearningu VUT. (CS)
HOLZNER, Steve. Physics For Dummies. John Willey & Sons, Inc., 2005. (EN)
KOKTAVÝ, B. Úvod do studia fyziky. VUTIUM, Brno, 1998. (CS)
KOKTAVÝ, B.: Mechanika hmotného bodu, VUTIUM Brno, 1998. (CS)
Halliday D., Resnick R., Walker J.: Fyzika Vysoké učení technické v Brně, Vutium, Brno, 2014, Překlad 8. orig. vydání (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write five homeworks during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Student can obtain up to:
- 30 points from laboratories (6 reports and 1 test),
- 10 points from computer exercises,
- 60 points from the exam (a written part of 40 points and a verbal part of 20 points).
Students must obtain at least 15 points in the written part to proceed to the verbal part.
Students must obtain at least 5 points in the verbal part to pass the exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Fundamentals of particle mechanics.
2. Force, motion and energy.
3. Harmonic, damped and forced oscillations.
4. Progressive and standing waves, energy transmitted by waves.
5. Superposition and interference of waves.
6. Sound, origin, properties, basic laws.
7. Physical properties of fields, gravitational field.
8. Electric field formation, properties, basic laws.
9. Electric current, formation, properties, basic laws.
10. Magnetic field, formation, properties, basic laws.
11. Electromagnetic field, electromagnetic waves and light.
12. Measurement of non-electrical quantities by electrical methods.
13. Limits of classical physics and outline of their overcoming.


The aim of the course is to provide students with a clear and logical interpretation of the basic physical concepts and laws focusing on areas utilized in the audio technology. There are mainly a particle mechanics, oscillations, waves, electric and magnetic fields. Understanding of these concepts and laws will be strengthened through a wide range of interesting applications. Practical knowledge will be verified in the laboratory exercises.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory and computer exercises are compulsory, properly excused missed exercises can be compensated after consultation with the teacher.
The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AUDIO-J Bachelor's

    branch J-AUD , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's

    branch BIT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, elective

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer