2.011 Introduction to Ocean Science and Engineering

Spring 2006

Photo of student's submersible vehicle just beneath water's surface.
Students design, build and test a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for their final class project, shown here being tested near Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. (Photo by Prof. Alexandra Techet.)

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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Prof. Alexandra Techet

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
2 hours / session



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