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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 12.54 (Spring 2008) 
  • Course Title:
  • Principles of Global Positioning Systems 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Thomas Herring 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 12.540 Principles of Global Positioning Systems

    Spring 2008

    Course Highlights

    12.540 Principles of Global Positioning Systems

    Spring 2008

    Artist's rendering of a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite.
    Artist's rendering of a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite. (Image courtesy of USAF and USDOD.)

    Course Description

    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.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .f, .h, and .m.


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