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12.S56 GPS: Civilian Tool or Military Weapon?, Fall 2005

GPS satellites orbiting Earth.
An artist's visualization of Global Positioning System satellite coverage of the earth. (Image courtesy of NOAA.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features exercises in the assignments section and lecture notes.

Course Description

This is a freshman advising seminar (FAS). The professor of a FAS is the first year advisor to the (no more than 8) students in the seminar.

The use of Global Positioning System (GPS) in a wide variety of applications has exploded in the last few years. In this seminar we will explore how GPS works, the range of applications, and the conflict between civilian users and military planners. This seminar is followed by an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) research project in the spring semester where results from precise GPS measurements will be analyzed and displayed on the Web.

Technical Requirements

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



Prof. Thomas Herring

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session




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