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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