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Read more about Mindful Technical Writing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals

Mindful Technical Writing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Atkinson and Corbitt

Publisher: TRAILS

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Welcome to Mindful Technical Writing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals, an open textbook designed for use in co-requisite course pairings of developmental writing and introductory technical writing, or indeed in other lower-division college writing courses that focus on building study skills alongside effective workplace and academic writing skills. It offers a no-cost alternative to commercial products, combining practical guidance with interactive exercises and thoughtfully designed writing opportunities.

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Read more about Introduction to Climate Science - 1st Edition

Introduction to Climate Science - 1st Edition

Copyright Year: 2017

Contributor: Schmittner

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This book describes how Earth's climate is changing, how it has been changing in the recent geological past and how it may change in the future. It covers the physical sciences that build the foundations of our current understanding of global climate change such as radiation, Earth's energy balance, the greenhouse effect and the carbon cycle. Both natural and human causes for climate change are discussed. Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems are summarized. Ethical and economical aspects of human-caused climate change and solutions are presented.

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Read more about Introduction to Human Geography - 2nd Edition

Introduction to Human Geography - 2nd Edition

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributors: Dorrell and Henderson

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

License: CC BY

Geography is a diverse discipline that has some sort of connection to most every other academic discipline. This connection is the spatial perspective, which essentially means if a phenomenon can be mapped, it has some kind of relationship to geography. Studying the entire world is a fascinating subject, and geographical knowledge is fundamental to a competent understanding of our world. In this chapter, you will learn what geography is as well as some of the fundamental concepts that underpin the discipline. These fundamental terms and concepts will be interwoven throughout the text, so a sound understanding of these topics is critical as you delve deeper into the chapters that follow.

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Read more about Introduction to Industrial Engineering

Introduction to Industrial Engineering

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Boardman

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

License: CC BY

This book was created for an undergraduate Introduction to Industrial Engineering course at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). The chapters give an overview of the profession and an introduction to some of the tools used by industrial engineers in industry. There are interactive content exercises included at the end of most chapters. This interactive content aims to engage students in the content as they are reading. The book will continue to revised and updated with new information as it becomes necessary.

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Read more about Geological Structures: a Practical Introduction

Geological Structures: a Practical Introduction

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Waldron and Snyder

Publisher: Open Education Alberta

License: CC BY-NC

This manual is about structures that occur within the Earth’s crust. Structures are the features that allow geologists to figure out how parts of the Earth have changed position, orientation, size and shape over time. This work requires careful observation and measurements of features at the surface of the Earth, and deductions about what’s below the surface. The practical skills you will learn in this course form the foundation for much of what is known about the history of the Earth, and are important tools for exploring the subsurface. They are essential for Earth scientists of all kinds.

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Read more about Attenuated Democracy:  A Critical Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

Attenuated Democracy: A Critical Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Hubert

Publisher: Salt Lake Community College

License: CC BY-NC-SA

The U.S. political system suffers from endemic design flaws and is notable for the way that a small subset of Americans—whose interests often don’t align with those of the vast majority of the population—wields disproportionate power. Absent organized and persistent action on the part of ordinary Americans, the system tends to serve the already powerful. That’s why this text is called Attenuated Democracy. To attenuate something is to make it weak or thin. Democracy in America has been thin from the beginning and continues to be so despite some notable progress in voting rights. As political scientists Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens wrote, “The essence of democracy is not just having reasonably satisfactory policies; the essence of democracy is popular control of government, with each citizen having an equal voice.” (1) Since this is likely to be your only college-level course on the American political system, it is important to point out the structural weaknesses of our system and the thin nature of our democracy. Whenever you get the chance—in the voting booth, in your job, perhaps if you hold elected office—I encourage you to do something about America’s attenuated democracy.

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Read more about The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction

The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Morgan and Rodriguez

Publisher: Humboldt State University Press

License: CC BY-SA

The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction is a peer-reviewed chronological survey of the LGBTQ fight for equal rights from the turn of the 20th century to the early 21st century. Illustrated with historical photographs, the book beautifully reveals the heroic people and key events that shaped the American LGBTQ rights movement. The book includes personal narratives to capture the lived experience from each era, as well as details of essential organizations, texts, and court cases that defined LGBTQ activism and advocacy.

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Read more about Plato's 'Republic': An Introduction

Plato's 'Republic': An Introduction

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: McAleer

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

License: CC BY

This book is a lucid and accessible companion to Plato’s Republic, throwing light upon the text’s arguments and main themes, placing them in the wider context of the text’s structure. In its illumination of the philosophical ideas underpinning the work, it provides readers with an understanding and appreciation of the complexity and literary artistry of Plato’s Republic. McAleer not only unpacks the key overarching questions of the text – What is justice? And Is a just life happier than an unjust life? – but also highlights some fascinating, overlooked passages which contribute to our understanding of Plato’s philosophical thought.

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Read more about Introduction to Philosophy: Logic

Introduction to Philosophy: Logic

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Martin and Hendricks

Publisher: Rebus Community

License: CC BY

Introduction to Philosophy: Logic provides students with the concepts and skills necessary to identify and evaluate arguments effectively. The chapters, all written by experts in the field, provide an overview of what arguments are, the different types of arguments one can expect to encounter in both philosophy and everyday life, and how to recognise common argumentative mistakes.

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Read more about Digging into Archaeology: A Brief OER Introduction to Archaeology with Activities

Digging into Archaeology: A Brief OER Introduction to Archaeology with Activities

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Paskey and Cisneros

Publisher: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

License: CC BY-NC

This book is intended for use in a variety of introductory archaeology settings, such as in lectures and lab courses. This text can complement an existing traditional text or completely replace a standard text. It can be used for its activities or as a study resource. When we wrote this text, we designed the chapters to be brief, providing concise and to-the-point information. This book is not intended to replace lectures or direct instruction from an instructor; rather, it supports learning in a variety of settings and formats. The book can be printed in whole, read digitally, or used piecemeal in either format. However you use this text, we hope that you find it serves as an instructive learning tool and that you dig archaeology as much as we do!

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