Comparing Noise Levels in the Student Activities Center Study Lounges Emily Sim, Ariel Chen, Alex Lawrence

RM 303: Thursday afternoon lab Question Which study lounge in the Student Activities Center has the highest noise level? Rationale Finding a functional(?) place to study is essential for the successful student. The Student Activities Center (SAC) is a common location for students to study. An important factor in evaluating whether a location is an appropriate place to study is the noise level. Two popular sections of the SAC for study use are the upper floor sundeck steps by Starbucks and the upper floor nook by the food court. Hypotheses While the sundeck steps by Starbucks are surrounded by harder surfaces that could potentially amplify sound, the upper floor nook by the food court, despite its surrounding walls, will likely have the higher noise level due to its proximity to the food court, especially since the time of measurement is around lunchtime. Experimental The researchers will be collecting noise levels in various areas of the Student Activities Center. A sound level meter will be necessary to fulfill the experiment. The experiment will be performed on the second floor of the Student Activities Center. The researchers anticipate each trial of the experiment taking approximately 2-3 minutes. As the experiment goes on and the measurements are taken the researches will be able to deduce which area in the SAC has the highest level of noise. Procedure[3,4] At 12:00 pm, the researchers will use the sound meters in each study lounge for 2-3 minutes. 3 measurements in each area will be taken. The trials will run Monday through Friday for a total of 30 trials per week. The location where the measurements are taken will be consistent from trial to trial. Materials -Sound level meter Safety There are not any safety issues anticipated. Waste Disposal There will be no waste.

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