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Foundations of Neuroscience

Contributor: Henley

Publisher: Michigan State University

Foundations of Neuroscience is aimed at undergraduate students new to the field of neuroscience. The first edition specifically targets students enrolled in Neurobiology at Michigan State University and primarily contains topics covered in that course.

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Read more about An Interactive Introduction to Organismal and Molecular Biology

An Interactive Introduction to Organismal and Molecular Biology

Contributor: Bierema

Publisher: Michigan State University

This "textbook" is interactive, meaning that although each chapter has text, they also have interactive HTML5 content, such as quizzes, simulations, interactive videos, and images with clickable hotspots. Students receive instant feedback when they complete the interactive content, and therefore, can learn and check their understanding all in one place. The first unit introduces students to the nature of science, including scientific controversies, and information literacy, including how to analyze literature and identify stakeholders. Unit 2 is organismal biology, including carbon cycling and population growth, and unit 3 is molecular biology with a focus on gene expression.

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Read more about Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering

Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering

Contributor: Arnedo

Publisher: Manuel Fernando Soler Arnedo

Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering covers an undergraduate, introductory course to aeronautical engineering and aims at combining theory and practice to provide a comprehensive, thorough introduction to the fascinating, yet complex discipline of aerospace engineering. This book is the ulterior result of three year of teaching a course called Aerospace Engineering in the first year of a degree in aerospace engineering (with a minor in air navigation) at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, in Madrid, Spain.

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Read more about Introduction to Petrology

Introduction to Petrology

Contributors: Johnson and Liu

Publisher: VIVA

Learn about igneous and metamorphic rocks (and how to analyze them), the fun way! Students learn concepts and practice knowledge by conducting inquiries guided with examples based on videos and interactive diagrams.

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Read more about From Growing to Biology: Plants 1e

From Growing to Biology: Plants 1e

Contributor: Hacisalihoglu

Publisher: Florida State University

Ready to find out how plants are grown and function? Take a fantastic voyage through plants. From Growing to Biology: Plants 1e brings the latest information for understanding of traditional and modern plant growing, form, and production. Topics covered in 30 chapters include concise and up-to-date ‘big picture’ infographics, student learning outcomes (SLOs), key vocabulary, assessment, as well as identification of 120 species, and more. Moreover, author Dr. G. Hacisalihoglu emphasizes on leaning concepts, binding those concepts together with visuals approach to make learning faster and more memorable.

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Read more about Principles of Biology: Biology 211, 212, and 213

Principles of Biology: Biology 211, 212, and 213

Contributors: Bartee, Shriner, and Creech

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

The Principles of Biology sequence (BI 211, 212 and 213) introduces biology as a scientific discipline for students planning to major in biology and other science disciplines. Laboratories and classroom activities introduce techniques used to study biological processes and provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to conduct research.

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Radiation Safety

Contributor: Ballard

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

The purpose of this OER is to provide students with a comprehensive textbook aligned with the NDT 130 (Radiographic Testing) course as taught at Linn-Benton Community College.

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Read more about BSc Optics

BSc Optics

Contributors: Konijnenberg, Adam, and Urbach

Publisher: TU Delft Open

This book treats optics at the level of students in the later stage of their bachelor or the beginning of their master. It is assumed that the student is familiar with Maxwell’s equations. Although the book takes account of the fact that optics is part of electromagnetism, special emphasis is put on the usefulness of approximate models of optics, their hierarchy and limits of validity. Approximate models such as geometrical optics and paraxial geometrical optics are treated extensively and applied to image formation by the human eye, the microscope and the telescope.

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Read more about Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet

Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet

Contributor: Murphy

Publisher: eScholarship

Where is humanity going? How realistic is a future of fusion and space colonies? What constraints are imposed by physics, by resource availability, and by human psychology? Are default expectations grounded in reality?

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Read more about General Biology II: Survey of Molecular Life and Genetics

General Biology II: Survey of Molecular Life and Genetics

Contributors: Bartee and Anderson

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

BI102: Survey of Molecular Life and Genetics is intended for one term of the introductory biology course for non-science majors taught at many two- and four-year colleges. The concepts of genetics, as they apply to the study of life, are introduced, including the principles of inheritance, genetics, and gene regulation.

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