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APEX Calculus
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APEX Calculus is a calculus textbook written for traditional college/university calculus courses. It has the look and feel of the calculus book you likely use right now (Stewart, Thomas & Finney, etc.). The explanations of new concepts is clear, written for someone who does not yet know calculus. Each section ends with an exercise set with ample problems to practice & test skills (odd answers are in the back).

Subject:
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
APEX: Affordable Print and Electronic TeXtbooks
Author:
Brian Heinold
Dimplekumar Chalishajar
Gregory Hartman
Troy Siemers
Date Added:
01/01/2014
Active Calculus Multivariable
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Active Calculus Multivariable is the continuation of Active Calculus to multivariable functions. The Active Calculus texts are different from most existing calculus texts in at least the following ways: the texts are free for download by students and instructors in .pdf format; in the electronic format, graphics are in full color and there are live html links to java applets; the texts are open source, and interested instructors can gain access to the original source files upon request; the style of the texts requires students to be active learners — there are very few worked examples in the texts, with there instead being 3-4 activities per section that engage students in connecting ideas, solving problems, and developing understanding of key calculus concepts; each section begins with motivating questions, a brief introduction, and a preview activity, all of which are designed to be read and completed prior to class; the exercises are few in number and challenging in nature.

Subject:
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Grand Valley State University
Author:
David Austin
Matthew Boelkins
Steven Schlicker
Date Added:
07/01/2018
Active Prelude to Calculus
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Active Prelude to Calculus is designed as a college-level preparatory text for students who aspire to take calculus and who either need to take a course to prepare them for calculus or want to do some additional self-study. In particular, the text is intended as an appropriate prerequisite base for students who will go on to study from Active Calculus while also encouraging and promoting an active learning approach. The HTML version of the text includes about 150 anonymous, interactive exercises; static versions of those problems are included in PDF and print. In addition, the text offers about 120 activities designed for student engagement in and out of class.

There are links to interactive Desmos activities, interactive applets, and even some interactive Javascript graphics embedded in the text. These features are best accessed in HTML. In addition, all of the graphics are full-color in the electronic versions. To keep costs low, the bound, print version for sale on Amazon is in black and white.

Many of the core topics of the course will be familiar to students who have completed high school. At the same time, we take a perspective on every topic that emphasizes its importance in calculus. The reader will find that the text requires them to engage actively with the material, to view topics from multiple perspectives, and to develop a deep conceptual understanding of ideas. Many courses at the high school and college level with titles such as college algebra, precalculus, and trigonometry serve other disciplines and prepare students for courses other than calculus. As such, these prerequisite classes frequently contain wide-ranging material that, while mathematically interesting and important, isn't necessary for calculus. Perhaps because of these additional topics, certain ideas that are essential in calculus can be under-emphasized or ignored. In Active Prelude to Calculus, one of our top goals is to keep the focus narrow on the following most important ideas. See more about the motivating forces behind the text in the Our Goals section of the text's preface. Students who will use the text are especially encouraged to read the Students! Read This! section of the preface.

Instructors are strongly encouraged to have their students use the Activities Workbook. This workbook is simply a PDF document that has a single activity per page along with room for students to record their work and thinking. Instructors can provide students with the PDF, have their bookstore or copy center create coursepacks for students to purchase for a small fee, or purchase a bound workbook directly from Amazon. To acquire a PDF copy of the Activities Workbook, please contact the author directly: boelkinm at gvsu dot edu.

Active Prelude to Calculus was first made publicly available in January 2019. The text is free and open-source; the source code can be found on GitHub.

Subject:
Mathematics
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Matthew Boelkins
Date Added:
12/02/2021
The American Yawp
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The American Yawp constructs a coherent and accessible narrative from all the best of recent historical scholarship. Without losing sight of politics and power, it incorporates transnational perspectives, integrates diverse voices, recovers narratives of resistance, and explores the complex process of cultural creation. It looks for America in crowded slave cabins, bustling markets, congested tenements, and marbled halls. It navigates between maternity wards, prisons, streets, bars, and boardrooms. Whitman’s America, like ours, cut across the narrow boundaries that strangle many narratives. Balancing academic rigor with popular readability, The American Yawp offers a multi-layered, democratic alternative to the American past.

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
The American Yawp
Date Added:
12/05/2019
Blueprints: Creating, Describing, and Implementing Designs for Larger-Scale Software Projects - version 2.3
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Blueprints is a concise yet comprehensive coverage of Object-Oriented Analysis and Design concepts, suitable for a second programming course in Computer Science. It introduces and teaches application development in a command-line environment, and assumes basic expertise with the Java programming language.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Stephen Davies
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Business Communication Skills for Managers
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In Business Communication Skills for Managers, students learn how to effectively communicate in business, with an emphasis on the use of these skills as a manager. The course introduces important elements of successful communication, providing examples of effective communication and providing students opportunities to practice the same. The course covers the essentials of communication including professional writing, visual aids, presentations, speeches, phone and online communication, and both getting hired and finding new hires.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Communication
Management
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Barbara Egel
Farhad Desai
Freedom Learning Group
Marie Stirk
Nina Burokas
Robert Danielson
Sherilyn Reynolds
Susan Kendall
Date Added:
02/04/2022
Chemistry
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Chemistry is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. The textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. The book also includes a number of innovative features, including interactive exercises and real-world applications, designed to enhance student learning.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Allison Soult
Andrew Eklund
Carol Martinez
Don Carpenetti
Don Frantz
Emad El-Giar
George Kaminski
Jason Powell
Jennifer Look
Klaus Theopold
Mark Blaser
Paul Flowers
Paul Hooker
Richard Langley
Simon Bott
Tom Sorensen
Troy Milliken
Vicki Moravec
William R. Robinson
Date Added:
10/02/2014
A Cool Brisk Walk Through Discrete Mathematics
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A Cool, Brisk Walk Through Discrete Mathematics, an innovative and non-traditional approach to learning Discrete Math, is available for low cost from Blurb or via free download.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Stephen Davies
Date Added:
11/18/2021
The Crystal Ball Instruction Manual - Volume Two: Foundations for Data Science, Version 1.1
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This is Volume Two of the Crystal Ball series: Foundations for Data Science. The author titled the first volume “Introduction to Data Science” because it led readers through a dip-your-toes-in-the-water
experience. Readers took a brief tour through the various elements in this diverse field and got a feel for what it was all about. In Foundations, which is the next level, the reader's growing knowledge is further developed to a firm base on which to build everything else.

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Stephen Davies
Date Added:
02/15/2022
The Crystal Ball Instruction Manual - version 1.1 Volume One: Introduction to Data Science
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A perfect introduction to the exploding field of Data Science for the curious, first-time student. The author brings his trademark conversational tone to the important pillars of the discipline: exploratory data analysis, choices for structuring data, causality, machine learning principles, and introductory Python programming using open-source Jupyter Notebooks. This engaging read will allow any dedicated learner to build the skills necessary to contribute to the Data Science revolution, regardless of background.

Subject:
Information Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Stephen Davies
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Discrete Mathematics: An Open Introduction
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Discrete Mathematics: An Open Introduction is a free, open source textbook appropriate for a first or second year undergraduate course for math majors, especially those who will go on to teach. The textbook has been developed while teaching the Discrete Mathematics course at the University of Northern Colorado. Primitive versions were used as the primary textbook for that course since Spring 2013, and have been used by other instructors as a free additional resource. Since then it has been used as the primary text for this course at UNC, as well as at other institutions.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Oscar Levin
Date Added:
12/05/2019
Exploring Computer Science
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Exploring Computer Science is intended for those with no experience with computer science at all. Its focus is on developing algorithms and solving problems. Python is used as the programming language.

Table of Contents:
Preface
Chapter 1: The Road Ahead
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Chapter 3: First Programs
Chapter 4: Types and Operations
Chapter 5: Making Decisions
Chapter 6: Going Back Again
Chapter 7: Algorithms
Chapter 8: Using Libraries
Chapter 9: Lists
Chapter 10: Functions

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Ian Finlayson
Date Added:
02/04/2022
Foundations of American Education: A Critical Lens
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In this survey text, readers will explore the foundations of American education through a critical lens. Topics include the teaching profession, influences on student learning, philosophical and historical foundations, structures of schools, ethical and legal issues, curriculum, classroom environment, and the path forward.

Subject:
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
VIVA Open Publishing
Author:
1). Melissa Wells
2). Courtney Clayton
Date Added:
08/26/2021
Foundations of Computation
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Foundations of Computation is a free textbook for a one-semester course in theoretical computer science. It has been used for several years in a course at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The course has no prerequisites other than introductory computer programming. The first half of the course covers material on logic, sets, and functions that would often be taught in a course in discrete mathematics. The second part covers material on automata, formal languages, and grammar that would ordinarily be encountered in an upper level course in theoretical computer science.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Author:
Carol Critchlow, David Eck
Date Added:
12/05/2019
Fundamentals of Business, Second Edition
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Fundamentals of Business, Second Edition (2018) is an 372-page open education resource intended to serve as a no-cost, faculty customizable primary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organizational structures and operations management; human resources and motivating employees; managing in labor union contexts; marketing and pricing strategy; hospitality and tourism, accounting and finance, and personal finances. The textbook was designed for use in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business introductory level business course, MGT1104 Foundations of Business and is shared under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0 license.

2018 version formats include: PDF, Accessible "screen reader friendly" PDF, ePub, Mobi, XML/Pressbooks (editable), and open document format.
The Pressbooks online version (HTML) is available at: https://doi.org/10.21061/fundamentals-of-business
The 2016 version of this book includes editable MSWord files.

If you are an instructor reviewing, adopting, or adapting this textbook, please help us understand your use by filling out this form http://bit.ly/business-interest

Instructor resource sharing portal: https://www.oercommons.org/groups/fundamentals-of-business-user-group/1379

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virginia Tech
Provider Set:
VTech Works
Author:
Skripak Stephen J
Date Added:
06/15/2019
An Introduction to Computer Networks
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Welcome to the website for An Introduction to Computer Networks, a free and open general-purpose computer-networking textbook, complete with diagrams and exercises. It covers the LAN, internetworking and transport layers, focusing primarily on TCP/IP. Particular attention is paid to congestion; other special topics include queuing, real-time traffic, network management, security and the ns simulator.

The book is suitable as the primary text for an undergraduate or introductory graduate course in computer networking, as a supplemental text for a wide variety of network-related courses, and as a reference work.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Peter L. Dordal
Date Added:
01/01/2014
Introduction to Human Geography
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Human geography emphasizes the importance of geography as a field of inquiry and introduces students to the concept of spatial organization. Knowing the location of places, people, and events is a gateway to understanding complex environmental relationships and interconnections among places and across landscapes.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction to Human Geography
Chapter 2: Population and Migration
Chapter 3: Cultural Patterns and Processes
Chapter 4: Political Borders, Boundaries, and Governments
Chapter 5: Sustainable Development
Chapter 6: Food, Water, and Agriculture
Chapter 7: Rural and Urban Landscapes
Chapter 8: Global Environmental Issues
Chapter 9: Living with Disasters

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
R. Adam Dastrup
Date Added:
02/28/2022
Introduction to Ocean Sciences
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"In this text, we will explore the fundamental physical, chemical, geological, and biological features and processes of the
oceans and review how humans have studied the oceans. We will discuss the range of resources that the oceans provide for us, and the pollution and other impacts that result from human use of the oceans and exploitation of their resources. We will also examine the direct and indirect effects of climate change, not just on human civilization and natural ecosystems but also on the fundamental chemistry of the global ocean that pose a long-term threat
of the extinction of many ocean species"--Introduction.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Douglas Segar
Date Added:
01/12/2021
Introductory Statistics
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Introductory Statistics follows scope and sequence requirements of a one-semester introduction to statistics course and is geared toward students majoring in fields other than math or engineering. The text assumes some knowledge of intermediate algebra and focuses on statistics application over theory. Introductory Statistics includes innovative practical applications that make the text relevant and accessible, as well as collaborative exercises, technology integration problems, and statistics labs.

Subject:
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Barbara Ilowsky
Susan Dean
Date Added:
07/19/2013
Kansas State University Human Nutrition (FNDH 400) Flexbook
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The Kansas State University Human Nutrition (FNDH 400) Flexbook is a textbook for students taking Kansas State University FNDH 400 course.FNDH 400 is a 3-hour, intermediate-level, human nutrition course at Kansas State University take primarily by sophomores and juniors because it has prerequisites of a college biology and chemistry courses.

Subject:
Nutrition
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
New Prairie Press
Author:
Brian Lindshield
Date Added:
08/13/2018