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EN330: Probability and Statistics with Ocean Applications

Catalog Description

EN330 Probability and Statistics with Ocean Applications (3-0-3).

This course covers the basic concepts of probability and statistics with the aim of providing an understanding of the probabilistic nature of the forces acting on a marine structure. Topics during the first part of course are aimed at a general understanding of probability and statistics. Topics during the second part of the course consider the statistical and spectral representation of the sea surface as used to determine design values for structural loading and motion of floating ocean structures.


Statics and Mechanics of Materials, by Beer, Johnston, DeWolf, and Mazurek, published by McGraw-Hill, 2011.


Class notes and laboratory handouts


  1. Have a basic understanding of random processes, probability, and statistics
  2. Be able to perform a statistical analysis of measured and experimental data
  3. Be able to develop a statistical description of the sea surface, and perform spectral analysis
  4. Understand the concepts of risk assessment and reliability engineering


EN245 or EN247, SM212

Class Topics

  1. Basic statistics review (5 classes)
  2. Introduction to probability (5 classes)
  3. Probability Distributions (4 classes)
  4. Multiple random variables (4 classes)
  5. Statistical parameter estimation (5 classes)
  6. Random processes (4 classes)
  7. Statistical description of the sea surface (5 classes)
  8. Spectral analysis of wave loadings (4 classes)
  9. Risk and reliability concepts (5 classes)


Midshipmen studying abroad may be eligible to earn credit for this course.  This must be approved by the Course Coordinator and the Midshipman's Academic Adviser.  To be considered for validation:

  1. Review the Tutorial
    1. Random Wave Analysis (Supplemental Paper)
    2. Statistics & Probabilities of the Water Surface (Supplemental Paper)
    3. Rayleigh Probability Distribution Applied to Random Wave Heights (Supplemental Paper)
  2. Complete Problem Set #1
  3. Complete Problem Set #2
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