Acoustics Essay

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Classroom Acoustics Since the 1990's the Acoustical Society of America has taken a leadership role in promoting improved acoustics in classrooms. ASA has published two American National Standards on this subject: ANSI/ASA S12.60-2010/Part 1 American National Standard Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools, Part 1: Permanent Schools - Click Here to Access Part 1 ANSI/ASA S12.60-2009/Part 2 American National Standard Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools, Part 2: Relocatable Classroom Factors - Click Here to Access Part 2 These two standards were developed by ANSI-Accredited Standards Committee S12, Noise. They are available for immediate download from the ASA Online Store at no cost to the end-user using the "Click Here" links above. You will be asked to establish a user name and password but no credit information need be supplied since there is no cost. The ASA Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics published the booklet Classroom Acoustics I – A resource for creating learning environments with desirable listening conditions. This booklet is reproduced on this page below. The ASA Technical Committee on Speech Communication published the booklet Classroom Acoustics II – Acoustical barriers to learning which can be downloaded as a PDF file. Click Here to Download Booklet II Classroom Acoustics - A resource for creating learning environments with desirable listening conditions The intent of this publication is to create a supplemental resource for architects, educators, and school planners for use with new construction or renovation of learning environments. The publication is not intended to replace the services of a professional acoustical consultant. It is to be used as an aid in the understanding of the elements of desirable listening conditions in classrooms.

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