Assigned readings are given in the following table, followed by a list of suggested additional texts.

All chapters listed in this table are from the required course text, which is freely available online.

Stewart, Robert. Introduction to Physical Oceanography. August 2005 version.

The table below provides information on the course’s lecture (L), and lab (Lab) sessions.

L1 Introduction to Ocean Systems and Engineering Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Hydrostatic Pressure (PDF)

Slides: Introduction Part 1 (PDF)

L2 Sea Floor; Measurements in the Ocean; Accuracy of Measurements Chapter 3

Slides: Introduction Part 2 (PDF - 2.5 MB)

L3 Atmospheric Effects on the Ocean; Wind and Heat Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Lab 1 SeaPerch II ROV: Introduction to SeaPerch, Construction Plan, Lab Procedures  
L4 Ocean Seawater Properties Chapter 6
Lab 2 SeaPerch II: Building and Motors  
Lab 3 Extra SeaPerch II Lab Session, In Place of Lecture: Building Motors and Electronics (cont.)  
L5 Light Propagation in the Ocean Chapter 6
Lab 4 SeaPerch II: Continue Work  
L6 Sound Propagation in the Ocean: Basics, Speed of Sound, Sound Channel Chapter 3
L7 Acoustics 1  
Lab 5 SeaPerch II: Completion  
L8 Acoustics 2  
L9 Acoustics 3 Introduction to Sonor (PDF) (Courtesy of Prof. John Leonard. Used with permission.)
Lab 6 Field/Pool Test of SeaPerch II ROV  
L10 Acoustics 4  
L11 Introduction to GFD; Conservation of Mass/Momentum/Energy  
Lab 7 Start Final Project  
  Exam 1 (In-class)  
L12 Turbulence, Scaling, Boundary Layers Chapter 8

Slides: Vorticity in the Ocean (PDF)

Lab 8 Final Project (cont.)  
L13 Ocean Mixing and Stability Chapter 8
L14 Coriolis Force and Ekman Forcing Chapter 9

Slides: Motion of the Upper Ocean (PDF)

Lab 9 Final Project (cont.)  
L15 Geostrophic Flows 1 Chapter 10

Slides: Geostrophic Currents (PDF)

Lab 10 Final Project (cont.)  
L16 Geostrophic Flows 2 Chapter 10
L17 Measuring Currents: Lagrangian vs. Eulerian Chapter 10
Lab 11 Final Project: Testing  
L18 Deep Ocean Circulation  
L19 El Nino and La Nina  
Lab 12 Final Project: Testing, Integration with ROV  
L20 Coastal Processes: Tsunamis  
Lab 13 Final Project: Testing Complete ROV System  
L21 Guest Lecture: Hydrothermal Vents in the Ocean  
L22 Guest Lecture: Chemical Sensing in the Ocean  
Lab 14 Final Presentations  
L23 Trip to WHOI: Launch ROV and Visit WHOI Labs  

Additional Texts

Chapters will be distributed from these two books as necessary.

Denny, Mark W. Air and Water: The Biology and Physics of Life’s Media. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780691087344.

Van Dorn, W. G. Oceanography and Seamanship. Centerville, MD: Cornell Maritime Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780870334344.

Reference Texts

Medwin H., and C. S. Clay. Fundamentals of Acoustical Oceanography. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, 1998.

Littlefield, B., and D. Hanselman. Mastering MATLAB® 6, A Comprehensive Tutorial and Reference. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.

Supplemental Texts

Urick, R. J. Principles of Underwater Sound. 3rd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1983.

Knauss, J. A. Introduction to Physical Oceanography. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1997.

Open University. Ocean Circulation. San Diego, CA: Pergamon Press, 1989.

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