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Read more about Fundamentals of Music Theory

Fundamentals of Music Theory

Contributors: Moran, Edwards, Worth, Moir, and Kitchen

Publisher: University of Edinburgh

This open e-book is the result of a project funded by a University of Edinburgh Student Experience Grant, Open e-Textbooks for access to music education. The project was a collaboration between Open Educational Resources Service, and staff and student interns from the Reid School of Music. As a proof-of-concept endeavour, the project aimed to explore how effectively we could convert existing course content into convenient and reusable open formats suitable for use by staff and students both within and beyond the University. The resulting e-book presents open licensed educational materials that deal with the building blocks of musical stave (sometimes known as staff) notation, a language designed to communicate about musical ideas which is in use around the world. The resources in this e-book include video lectures and their transcripts, as well as supporting text explanations, examples and illustrations. The materials introduce topics such as the organisation of discrete pitches into scales and intervals, and temporal organisation of musical sounds as duration, in rhythm and metre. These rudiments are presented through an introduction to the elements of five-line stave notation, and through critical discussion of the advantages and limitations served by notational systems in the representation and analysis of musical sounds. This serves as the basis of further explanations, to illustrate musical concepts including key, time signature, harmonisation, cadence and modulation. We anticipate that subsequent versions of this e-book will update and develop the contents and presentation of the materials, following the success of this student-led collaboration.

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Read more about Malayalam: A University Course and Reference Grammar . - Fourth Edition

Malayalam: A University Course and Reference Grammar . - Fourth Edition

Contributor: Moag

Publisher: The Center for Asian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

This textbook was developed to meet two distinct yet related needs. The more basic goal was to respond to the paucity of teaching materials suited to the needs of U.S. learners of Malayalam, particularly at the university level. Though some materials had previously been produced both in India and in the US, including three sets of materials co-written by the author, none were at all suited to the needs and purposes of American university students. Some of the author is earlier materials were ad hoc in nature, while the 510-page course written for Peace Corps volunteers concentrated on language for daily social interactions only. Both the Peace Corps materials and most of the materials written in India were written in Roman

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Read more about Intermediate Algebra

Intermediate Algebra

Contributor: Yoshiwara

Publisher: Bruce Yoshiwara

Intermediate Algebra is a textbook for students who have some acquaintance with the basic notions of variables and equations, negative numbers, and graphs, although we provide a "Toolkit" to help the reader refresh any skills that may have gotten a little rusty. In this book we journey farther into the subject, to explore a greater variety of topics including graphs and modeling, curve-fitting, variation, exponentials and logarithms, and the conic sections. We use technology to handle data and give some instructions for using a graphing calculator, but these can easily be adapted to any other graphing utility.

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Read more about Elementary Algebra

Elementary Algebra

Contributor: Yoshiwara

Publisher: Bruce Yoshiwara

This text introduces the basic skills and ideas of algebra.

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Read more about Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Contributor: Yoshiwara

Publisher: Bruce Yoshiwara

This text covers the content of a standard trigonometry course, beginning with a review of facts from geometry.

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Read more about Modeling, Functions, and Graphs

Modeling, Functions, and Graphs

Contributor: Yoshiwara

Publisher: Bruce Yoshiwara

Modeling, Functions, and Graphs covers the content of a typical college algebra course with an emphasis on functions and modeling; when combined with a trigonometry text or supplement, this text can be used in a precalculus course.

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Read more about Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis

Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis

Contributors: Böhm and Sullivan

Publisher: Steffen Böhm and Sian Sullivan

Climate change negotiations have failed the world. Despite more than thirty years of high-level, global talks on climate change, we are still seeing carbon emissions rise dramatically. This edited volume, comprising leading and emerging scholars and climate activists from around the world, takes a critical look at what has gone wrong and what is to be done to create more decisive action. Composed of twenty-eight essays—a combination of new and republished texts—the anthology is organised around seven main themes: paradigms; what counts?; extraction; dispatches from a climate change frontline country; governance; finance; and action(s). Through this multifaceted approach, the contributors ask pressing questions about how we conceptualise and respond to the climate crisis, providing both ‘big picture’ perspectives and more focussed case studies. This unique and extensive collection will be of great value to environmental and social scientists alike, as well as to the general reader interested in understanding current views on the climate crisis.

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Read more about Open Signals and Systems Laboratory Exercises

Open Signals and Systems Laboratory Exercises

Contributors: Bolstad and Dickerson

Publisher: Iowa State University

Open Signals and Systems Laboratory Exercises is a collection of lab assignments that have been used in EE 224: Signals and Systems I in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. These lab exercises have been curated, edited, and presented in a consistent format to improve student learning.

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Read more about Humanizing Science through STEAM Challenges

Humanizing Science through STEAM Challenges

Contributors: Bahng and Hauptman

Publisher: Iowa State University

In a science methods course during the Covid19 pandemic, 51 future elementary teachers authored children's books and then read them aloud as part of a giving-back, service-learning activity as Open Educational Resources (OER). The 51 children's stories and their accompanying audiobooks aim to integrate STEM and the Arts to humanize science and scientific inquiry with history and philosophy of science in mind.

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Read more about Liquidity, Markets and Trading in Action

Liquidity, Markets and Trading in Action

Contributors: Ozenbas , Pagano, Schwartz , and Weber

Publisher: Springer

This open access book addresses four standard business school subjects: microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance and information systems as they relate to trading, liquidity, and market structure. It provides a detailed examination of the impact of trading costs and other impediments of trading that the authors call “frictions”. It also presents an interactive simulation model of equity market trading, TraderEx, that enables students to implement trading decisions in different market scenarios and structures. Addressing these topics shines a bright light on how a real-world financial market operates, and the simulation provides students with an experiential learning opportunity that is informative and fun.

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