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Read more about Analytical Chemistry 2.1

Analytical Chemistry 2.1

Contributor: Harvey

Publisher: David T. Harvey

As currently taught in the United States, introductory courses in analytical chemistry emphasize quantitative (and sometimes qualitative) methods of analysis along with a heavy dose of equilibrium chemistry. Analytical chemistry, however, is much more than a collection of analytical methods and an understanding of equilibrium chemistry; it is an approach to solving chemical problems. Although equilibrium chemistry and analytical methods are important, their coverage should not come at the expense of other equally important topics.

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Read more about Variational Principles in Classical Mechanics - Revised Second Edition

Variational Principles in Classical Mechanics - Revised Second Edition

Contributor: Cline

Publisher: University of Rochester River Campus Libraries

Two dramatically different philosophical approaches to classical mechanics were proposed during the 17th – 18th centuries. Newton developed his vectorial formulation that uses time-dependent differential equations of motion to relate vector observables like force and rate of change of momentum. Euler, Lagrange, Hamilton, and Jacobi, developed powerful alternative variational formulations based on the assumption that nature follows the principle of least action. These variational formulations now play a pivotal role in science and engineering.

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Read more about Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture

Contributor: Millison

Publisher: Oregon State University

Permaculture Design is a method of land planning that can be applied at scales from the home garden to city block to village to farm. It is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, indigenous technologies, and other time-tested practices to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, Permaculture design is interdisciplinary, touching on a wide range of subjects including regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, architecture, social justice, and international development.

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Read more about Microbiology

Microbiology

Contributor: Bruslind

Publisher: Oregon State University

In this textbook the focus will be on the bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) and the viruses and other acellular agents.

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Read more about Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis Volume I

Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis Volume I

Contributor: Soderberg

Publisher: University of Minnesota Morris

The traditional approach to teaching Organic Chemistry, taken by most of the textbooks that are currently available, is to focus primarily on the reactions of laboratory synthesis, with much less discussion - in the central chapters, at least - of biological molecules and reactions. This is despite the fact that, in many classrooms, a majority of students are majoring in Biology or Health Sciences rather than in Chemistry, and are presumably taking the course in order to learn about the chemistry that takes place in living things.

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Read more about Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis Volume II

Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis Volume II

Contributor: Soderberg

Publisher: University of Minnesota Morris

The traditional approach to teaching Organic Chemistry, taken by most of the textbooks that are currently available, is to focus primarily on the reactions of laboratory synthesis, with much less discussion - in the central chapters, at least - of biological molecules and reactions. This is despite the fact that, in many classrooms, a majority of students are majoring in Biology or Health Sciences rather than in Chemistry, and are presumably taking the course in order to learn about the chemistry that takes place in living things.

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Read more about Forest Measurements: An Applied Approach

Forest Measurements: An Applied Approach

Contributor: DeYoung

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

This is a forest measurements textbook written for field technicians. Silvicultural applications and illustrations are provided to demonstrate the relevance of the measurements. Special “technique tips” for each skill are intended to help increase data collection accuracy and confidence. These include how to avoid common pitfalls, effective short cuts and essentials for recording field data correctly. The emphasis is on elementary skills; it is not intended to be a timber cruising guide.

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Read more about Human Anatomy and Physiology Preparatory Course

Human Anatomy and Physiology Preparatory Course

Contributor: Liachovitzky

Publisher: CUNY Academic Works

The overall purpose of this preparatory course textbook is to help students familiarize with some terms and some basic concepts they will find later in the Human Anatomy and Physiology I course.The organization and functioning of the human organism generally is discussed in terms of different levels of increasing complexity, from the smallest building blocks to the entire body. This Anatomy and Physiology preparatory course covers the foundations on the chemical level, and a basic introduction to cellular level, organ level, and organ system levels. There is also an introduction to homeostasis at the beginning.

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Read more about Astronomy

Astronomy

Contributors: Fraknoi, Morrison, and Wolff

Publisher: OpenStax CNX

Astronomy is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of one- or two-semester introductory astronomy courses. The book begins with relevant scientific fundamentals and progresses through an exploration of the solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. The Astronomy textbook builds student understanding through the use of relevant analogies, clear and non-technical explanations, and rich illustrations. Mathematics is included in a flexible manner to meet the needs of individual instructors.

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Read more about Calculus-Based Physics I

Calculus-Based Physics I

Contributor: Schnick

Publisher: Jeffrey W. Schnick

Calculus-Based Physics is an introductory physics textbook designed for use in the two-semester introductory physics course typically taken by science and engineering students.

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