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Read more about Biochemistry: Free For All

Biochemistry: Free For All

Contributors: Ahern, Rajagopal, and Tan

Publisher: Oregon State University

We are happy to welcome you to our second Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook, Biochemistry Free For All. Biochemistry is a relatively young science, but its rate of growth has been truly impressive. The rapid pace of discoveries, which shows no sign of slowing, is reflected in the steady increase in the size of biochemistry textbooks. Growing faster than the size of biochemistry books have been the skyrocketing costs of higher education and the even faster rising costs of college textbooks. These unfortunate realities have created a situation where the costs of going to college are beyond the means of increasing numbers of students.

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Read more about Introduction to Climate Science - 1st Edition

Introduction to Climate Science - 1st Edition

Contributor: Schmittner

Publisher: Oregon State University

This book describes how Earth's climate is changing, how it has been changing in the recent geological past and how it may change in the future. It covers the physical sciences that build the foundations of our current understanding of global climate change such as radiation, Earth's energy balance, the greenhouse effect and the carbon cycle. Both natural and human causes for climate change are discussed. Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems are summarized. Ethical and economical aspects of human-caused climate change and solutions are presented.

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Read more about Entomology 311 Lab Manual - 1st Edition

Entomology 311 Lab Manual - 1st Edition

Contributors: Scherr, Adams, and Bullock

Publisher: Oregon State University

Labs in this book supplement the information gained in lecture, as well as providing some perspective and experience with hands-on applications of ideas in pest management. The labs are presented in week-by-week order, so the pre-labs and reading for week 1 are labeled “Pre-Lab 1” and “Week 1 Reading”.

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Read more about Chemical Biology & Biochemistry Laboratory Using Genetic Code Expansion Manual

Chemical Biology & Biochemistry Laboratory Using Genetic Code Expansion Manual

Contributors: Mehl, van Zee, and Kean

Publisher: Oregon State University

Chemical Biology & Biochemistry Laboratory Using Genetic Code Expansion Manual

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Read more about Explorations: An Open Invitation To Biological Anthropology

Explorations: An Open Invitation To Biological Anthropology

Contributors: Shook, Nelson, and Aguilera

Publisher: American Anthropological Association

Anthropology is the study of humanity, in all its biological and cultural aspects, past and present. It is a four-field discipline comprised of biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. The focus of this book is biological anthropology, which explores who we are from biological, evolutionary, and adaptive perspectives.

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Read more about CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything

CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything

Contributors: Cooper and Klymkowsky

Publisher: Michael Klymkowsky, Melanie Cooper

This text is intended to provide an in-depth introduction to the key ideas in chemistry. We have designed the book to show how these ideas are developed from simple to complex systems and how they relate to each other. We consider three ideas central to an understanding of chemistry: the structure of matter, the properties of matter, and the energy changes involved in the reorganization of matter; all are connected by the interactions or forces that cause matter to interact. We aim to provide compelling reasons why you will find yourself wanting to learn chemistry and to illustrate what you will be able to do with this knowledge once you have learned it.

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Read more about Biotechnology Foundations - 2nd Edition

Biotechnology Foundations - 2nd Edition

Contributor: O'Grady

Publisher: OpenStax CNX

Given the broad definition of biotechnology applications and products, it is easy to see how there is enormous overlap within the fields of cellular biology, microbiology, chemistry, and biomedical engineering. It is the goal of this textbook to provide foundational knowledge to begin building your biotechnology toolkit and enter an exciting career of making a difference through biotechnology.

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Read more about An EKG Interpretation Primer

An EKG Interpretation Primer

Contributors: Christianson, Team, organization, and organization

Publisher: Nurses International Team

This book teaches healthcare professionals the basics of EKG interpretation and is available as a Creative Commons resource.

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Read more about Applications of Maxwell's Equations

Applications of Maxwell's Equations

Contributors: Cochran and Heinrich

Publisher: John F. Cochran, Bretislav Heinrich

This book was developed at Simon Fraser University for an upper-level physics course. Along with a careful exposition of electricity and magnetism, it devotes a chapter to ferromagnets. According to the course description, the topics covered were “electromagnetics, magnetostatics, waves, transmission lines, wave guides,antennas, and radiating systems.”

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Read more about Foundations of Epidemiology

Foundations of Epidemiology

Contributor: Bovbjerg

Publisher: Oregon State University

This book is intended to provide a basic introduction to epidemiologic methods and epidemiologic thinking. After reading this book, you should be able to read an epidemiologic study, understand what the authors did and why, and identify what they found. You will also have the tools to assess the quality of that study—how good is the evidence? What are potential sources of bias, and how might those have affected the results? This book will not teach you enough to be able to design and conduct your own epidemiologic studies—that level of understanding requires several years of specialized training. However, being able to read and understand the scientific literature about human health will allow you to apply that understanding to your own work in a nuanced, sophisticated way.

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