Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)

Is a computer required for the course?

It is not necessary to have a computer for the course. All course materials are printed and given to each participant. No exercises or lectures require the use of a computer.

What accommodations are available?

There are many hotels in the Philadelphia city center. Many hotel chains have hotels in the area. The location of the course is 2000 Market St, Philadelphia and hotel booking sites can find hotels close to that address. We have compiled a list of hotels within a one mile radius (1.6 km) of the course.  The hotel ratings are shown in parentheses after the hotel listing.  The farthest hotel on the list is about a 15 minute walk to the course location, including waiting time for crossing signals.

0.2 miles

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square – 1800 Market Street (Rating: 4.3/5)

Rittenhouse Philadelphia – 210 W. Rittenhouse Square (4.6/5)

 0.3 miles

The Westin Philadelphia – 99 S. 17th Street (4.2/5)

 0.4 miles

Windsor Suite – 1700 Ben Franklin Parkway (4.4/5)

Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square – 220 S. 17th Street (4.3/5)

Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Center City – 1776 Ben Franklin Parkway (3.9/5)

 0.5 miles

Philadelphia 201 Hotel – 201 N. 17th Street (3.7/5)

Ritz Carlton – Ten Avenue of the Arts (4.5/5)

 0.6 miles

The Bellevue Hotel – 200 Broad Street (4.4/5)

Double Tree Philadelphia Center City – 237 S. Broad Street (4.2/5)

 0.7 miles

Loews – 1200 Market Street (4.4/5)

The Independent Hotel – 1234 Locust Street (4.1/5)

Courtyard by Marriott – 21 N. Juniper Street (4.3/5)

 0.8 miles

Four Points by Sheraton – 1200 Race Street (3.7/5)

Hilton Garden Inn – 1100 Arch Street (4.0/5)

Best Western Plus – 1225 Vine Street (4.0/5)

Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia – Midtown – 1305 Walnut (4.2/5)

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown – 1201 Market Street (4.2/5)

What materials are provided with the courses?

The course has extensive course notes. The notes consist of several hundred pages and many example spectra are included. There are also tables to help with interpretation. A second notebook of exercises is provided for the afternoon problem-solving sessions.

What is the dress for the course?

Participants may dress casually. In past years many participants have attended lectures in T-shirts and shorts, and others wear business casual. Basically, you dress however you feel most comfortable. The weather can be pleasant in Philadelphia in September/October, but it can also be quite cool.


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Course Location


Air travel to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is quite easy and numerous airlines serve the city. Philadelphia is a destination for both national and international air carriers. More information may be found at Philadelphia International Airport. It is possible to travel to other airports in the general area, such as Newark, New Jersey or Baltimore, Maryland, but rail service to Philadelphia from these airports would add at least one hour travel. Taxis have a flat one-way fee from the Philadelphia airport to the city center.

As of January, 2019, the flat fee is $28.50 for one person (tip not included). Train service is available from all airport terminals to the city center. The two downtown stations are the 30th Street Station and the Suburban Station. The choice would depend upon the location of the participant’s hotel. Trains leave every thirty minutes and the travel time is approximately 25 to 30 minutes. One way fare is $6.75. Additional information may be found at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) website.

It is not recommended to rent a car to travel to the city. Parking is very expensive and traffic is quite heavy. Public transportation is readily available and many sites in the city are within walking distance of the city center. The SEPTA website lists all local public transportation options.

Updated April 8, 2019