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Read more about Laboratory Exercises in Microbiology: Discovering the Unseen World Through Hands-On Investigation

Laboratory Exercises in Microbiology: Discovering the Unseen World Through Hands-On Investigation

Contributors: McLaughlin and Petersen

Publisher: CUNY Academic Works

The exercises in this laboratory manual are designed to engage students in hand-on activities that reinforce their understanding of the microbial world. Topics covered include: staining and microscopy, metabolic testing, physical and chemical control of microorganisms, and immunology. The target audience is primarily students preparing for a career in the health sciences, however many of the topics would be appropriate for a general microbiology course as well.

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Read more about Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology

Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology

Contributors: Deline, Harris, and Tefend

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

This textbook is a comprehensive lab manual for the core curriculum Introductory Geosciences classes with both informational content and laboratory exercises. Topics include basic laws and theories in Geology, the Earth's interior and plate tectonics, water and climate change, igneous rocks and volcanoes, and earthquakes.

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Read more about Chemistry of Cooking

Chemistry of Cooking

Contributor: Rodriguez-Velazquez

Publisher: Sorangel Rodriguez-Velazquez

People around the world are fascinated about the preparation of food for eating. There are countless cooking books, TV shows, celebrity chefs and kitchen gadgets that make cooking an enjoyable activity for everyone. The chemistry of cooking course seeks to understand the science behind our most popular meals by studying the behavior of atoms and molecules present in food. This book is intended to give students a basic understanding of the chemistry involved in cooking such as caramelization, Maillard reaction, acid-base reactions, catalysis, and fermentation. Students will be able to use chemistry language to describe the process of cooking, apply chemistry knowledge to solve questions related to food, and ultimately create their own recipes.

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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 - Second Edition

Variational Principles in Classical Mechanics - 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: Open Oregon State

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: Open Oregon State

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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