Principles of the Global Positioning System OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Course on GPS Technology

Published Jan 30, 2009

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A graduate-level primer to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and their pertinence to Earth Science is presented in 'Principles of Global Positioning Systems,' an OpenCourseWare by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Students will explore high-precision and kinematic GPS systems through the use of special software. The information exhibited in this free online course will be useful to anyone in pursuit of a master's degree in Earth Science.

Principles of Global Positioning Systems: Course Specifics

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Principles of Global Positioning Systems: Course Description

Global positioning technology is commonplace in today's technological world with applications ranging from basic driving directions to advanced investigation techniques for studying geological phenomena. This OpenCourseWare will assess the value of GPS on the realm of Earth Science by covering various topics, including coordinate and time systems, satellite orbital motions and estimation procedures. Students will also explore the mathematical model of GPS observables as well as procedures for computing GPS data. Professor Thomas Herring presents this course in lecture format and provides notes for each lecture topic. Also included are links to various websites that contain information applicable to the course material. Participants of this OpenCourseWare will use MATLAB and FORTRAN software to run files that deal with the mathematical components of the course material.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes and homework assignments that can be downloaded for free.

Those interested in this course should visit the Principles of Global Positioning Systems home page.

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