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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 2.011 (Spring 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Introduction to Ocean Science and Engineering 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Alexandra Techet 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 2.011 Introduction to Ocean Science and Engineering

    Spring 2006

    Course Highlights

    This course features a video and photos of students field testing their lab projects, and readings from Robert Stewart's free online text Introduction to Physical Oceanography.

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the fundamental aspects of science and engineering necessary for exploring, observing, and utilizing the oceans. Hands-on projects focus on instrumentation in the marine environment and the design of ocean observatories for ocean monitoring and exploration. Topics include acoustics, sound speed and refraction, sounds generated by ships and marine animals, sonar systems and their principles of operation, hydrostatic behavior of floating and submerged bodies geared towards ocean vehicle design, stability of ocean vessels, and the application of instrumentation and electronics in the marine environment. Students work with sensor systems and deploy them in the field to gather and analyze real world data.

    Special Features

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mov.


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