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College Physics

Contributors: Urone, Hinrichs, and Dirks

Publisher: OpenStax

This introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, illustrations, and explanations to help students grasp key, fundamental physics concepts. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes learning objectives, concept questions, links to labs and simulations, and ample practice opportunities to solve traditional physics application problems.

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Read more about Essentials of Geographic Information Systems

Essentials of Geographic Information Systems

Contributors: Campbell and Shin

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

Essentials of Geographic Information Systems integrates key concepts behind the technology with practical concerns and real-world applications. Recognizing that many potential GIS users are nonspecialists or may only need a few maps, this book is designed to be accessible, pragmatic, and concise. Essentials of Geographic Information Systems also illustrates how GIS is used to ask questions, inform choices, and guide policy. From the melting of the polar ice caps to privacy issues associated with mapping, this book provides a gentle, yet substantive, introduction to the use and application of digital maps, mapping, and GIS.

(15 reviews)

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Read more about General Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications

General Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications

Contributors: Averill and Eldredge

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

The overall goal of the authors with General Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications was to produce a text that introduces the students to the relevance and excitement of chemistry.

(8 reviews)

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Read more about The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry

Contributors: Ball, Hill, and Scott

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry by David W. Ball, John W. Hill, and Rhonda J. Scott is for the one-semester General, Organic and Biological Chemistry course. The authors designed this textbook from the ground up to meet the needs of a one-semester course. It is 20 chapters in length and approximately 350-400 pages; just the right breadth and depth for instructors to teach and students to grasp.

(23 reviews)

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Read more about Light and Matter

Light and Matter

Contributor: Crowell

Publisher: Benjamin Crowell

This is an introductory text intended for a one-year introductory course of the type typically taken by biology majors, or for AP Physics B. Algebra and trig are used, and there are optional calculus-based sections.

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Read more about Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

Contributor: Stewart

This textbook covers physical-oceanographic processes, theories, data, and measurements, targeted at upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in oceanography, meteorology, and ocean engineering. In addition to the classical topics, the author includes discussions of heat fluxes, the role of the ocean in climate, the deep circulation, equatorial processes including El Nino, data bases used by oceanographers, the role of satellites and data from space, ship-based measurements, and the importance of vorticity in understanding oceanic flows. Students should have studied differential equations and introductory college physics, although math is de-emphasized.

(4 reviews)

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Introductory Chemistry

Contributor: Ball

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

David W. Ball of Cleveland State University brings his new survey of general chemistry text, Introductory Chemistry, to the market with a fresh theme that will be sure to hold student interest: "Chemistry is Everywhere." Introductory Chemistry is intended for a one-semester introductory or preparatory chemistry course. Throughout the chapters, David presents two features that reinforce the theme of the textbook, that chemistry is everywhere.

(15 reviews)

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