Why study Acoustics?

My mum liked the idea of lots of job prospects!

Cameron Maskew - Acoustics - Interests - Topical Discussions

Acoustics is a very niche area of physics that only two universities teach in the UK. Whenever I tell someone I study acoustics they assume I do a music based course, the common response being ‘is that like music????’. Let me clear this up right now. No. It is not like music. My course consists of maths, electronics, maths, programming, maths, signal processing, and maths.  Now that I have made it sound appealing I’ll talk a little bit about why it is in fact a very good area of physics to specialise in.

Jobs, lots of jobs.

As I mentioned, acoustics is a very niche area of physics but it is actually used in all forms of applications. A large area is dealing with environmental noise which is what a lot of acoustic consultancies specialise in. There is a huge demand for acousticians and there just aren’t enough being produced to satisfy the demand…

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Bubbles!

Well Hello,

A bit ago a tutor of ours, Trevor Cox, asked for some Acoustic students to write a guest post for his blog The Sound Blog. That is far too many blogs in one sentence but oh well! A housemate of mine, Jonathan Riley, wrote a post about a BBC Four programme called POP, The Science of Bubbles, which is pretty self explanatory. The programme covered many different topics from the basic science of bubbles, how they are formed, why they make the popping noise when burst , what it is that makes the popping sound, to how the number of bubbles created, due to wine glass shape, effects the sweetness of Champagne. I found that the more I watched the more interested I was in all the different things bubbles could be used for and thought this would be the perfect place to share what I found.

The first topic I’m going to be looking at is about the addition of bubbles to the blood stream to improve the contrasts on Ultrasound scan, which coincidentally will lead me to the problem of bubbles for divers and some of the unfortunately deadly results.

Before all this I recommend you have a look at the article my friend Jon wrote- Guest Blog Article- Why do Bubbles sound bubbly?

Jon also has his own blog – Notes from an Acoustician. Check it out!

Till then, au revoir!

Why Hello There!

   Hello!
I’m Alice Roberts and you, my friend, have somehow, of all the sites on the internet, found this blog. Well done you. Here I aim to post the things I find that interest and amuse me, be them acoustical or not, and if they happen to entertain you too then I’ll be glad I’m not on my own!
I do beg one indulgence though- this whole blogging thing is new to me so please forgive me if I mess things up a little to begin with.
To find out a little more about me (as a person) you can spend hours getting totally confused searching via the search engine of your choice or you can click here About Me or on the About Me page in the bar above where I’ve done all the hard work for you.

If you want to contact me I’m on Twitter, hopefully, if I have managed to work any of the features of wordpress, there should be some widgets that magically take you there but if not you can always find me by searching my username which is @SoundOfAlice. If you don’t have Twitter (oh you organised people or those of stronger wills and much more free time!) I also have an email address. I know- check me out! I hope to have a contact page set up soon with all that information.

I would really enjoy hearing your thoughts and opinions on any of the ideas or posts I share on here, especially if you know more details about certain topics, and I would also love to have people ask questions, preferably on acoustic topics which I can research, and I’ll try my very best to find an answer for you or link you to someone else who can. However, I must warn you that if there are any messages or comments that contain rude language or the like I will remove them.

Boring stuff over, please feel free to be as nosey as you want around the site and I hope you find something that is at least a little bit interesting.

Tatty Bye!
Alice.