12.215 (Fall) NO LONGER GIVEN
This undergraduate class looks at the evolution of navigation methods with
concentration on the developments and applications of the Global Positioning
System (GPS). The development of the Global Positioning System (GPS) started
in the 1960s, and the system became operational in 1992. The system has seen
many diverse applications develop in the last few years with the accuracy of
positioning ranging from a few meters (after May 2000, 100 meters prior to that)
to 1 millimeter (without the need for a security clearance!) In
this course we will apply many of basic principles of science and mathematics
learnt at MIT to explore the applications and principles of GPS. We also use
GPS and other equipment in the class (and outside on Campus) to demonstrate
the uses of this system.
Computational Methods of
Scientific Programming This undergraduate course introduces programming languages
and techniques used by physical scientists: FORTRAN, C, MatLab, and
Mathematica. Emphasis is placed on program design, algorithm development and
verification, and comparative advantages and disadvantages of different
languages. Students first learn the basic usage of each language, common
types of problems encountered, and techniques for solving a variety of
problems encountered in contemporary research: examination of data with
visualization techniques, numerical analysis, and methods of dissemination
GPS: Where are you? Freshman Seminar and spring UROP
Principles of GPS.
The aim of this course is to introduce the principles of the Global Positioning System
and to demonstrate its application to various aspects of Earth Sciences. The
specific content of the course depends each year on the interests of the
students in the class. In some cases, the class interests are towards the
geophysical applications of GPS and we concentrate on high precision
(millimeter-level) positioning on regional and global scales. In other cases,
the interests have been more toward engineering applications of kinematic
positioning with GPS in which case the concentration is on positioning with
slightly less accuracy but being able to do so for a moving object. In all
cases, we concentrate on the fundamental issues so that students should gain
an understanding of the basic limitations of the system and how to extend its
application to areas not yet fully explored.
Modern Space Engineering
12.080 (Fall 2004)
Applications of the Global Positioning System.
Power Point version
12.501/12.201 (Fall 2004)
Essentials of Geophsysics: Geodesy and Earth Rotation.
Essentials of Geophsysics: Geodesy and GPS.