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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
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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
The Crystal Ball Instruction Manual - version 1.1 Volume One: Introduction to Data Science
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An 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. The readings will allow dedicated learners to build the skills necessary to contribute to the Data Science revolution, regardless of background.

Subject:
Computer Science
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
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:
Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
Author:
Courtney Clayton
Melissa Wells
Date Added:
11/09/2021
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.

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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
Human Nutrition
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This textbook serves as an introduction to nutrition for undergraduate students and is the OER textbook for the FSHN 185 The Science of Human Nutrition course at the University of Hawai'i at M?noa. The book covers basic concepts in human nutrition, key information about essential nutrients, basic nutritional assessment, and nutrition across the lifespan.

Subject:
Nutrition
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Hawaii
Provider Set:
Pressbooks
Author:
Alan Titchenal
Allison Calabrese
Cheryl Gibby
Marie Kainoa Fialkowski Revilla
William Meinke
Date Added:
12/05/2019
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
An Introduction to Geology
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This text is provided to you as an Open Educational Resource which you access online. It is designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to Geology at no or very nominal cost. It contains both written and graphic text material, intra-text links to other internal material which may aid in understanding topics and concepts, intra-text links to the appendices and glossary for tables and definitions of words, and extra-text links to videos and web material that clarifies and augments topics and concepts. Like any new or scientific subject, Geology has its own vocabulary for geological concepts. For you to converse effectively with this text and colleagues in this earth science course, you will use the language of geology, so comprehending these terms is important. Use the intra-text links to the Glossary and other related material freely to gain familiarity with this language.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Cam Mosher
Chris Johnson
Matt Affolter
Paul Inkenbrand
Date Added:
06/17/2020
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
Introduction to Psychology
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Comprehensive coverage of core concepts grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research, including coverage of the DSM-5 in discussions of psychological disorders. Incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe.

Subject:
Psychology
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
06/13/2019
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
Linux Command Line
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Designed for the new command line user, this 555-page volume covers the same material as LinuxCommand.org but in much greater detail. In addition to the basics of command line use and shell scripting, The Linux Command Line includes chapters on many common programs used on the command line, as well as more advanced topics.

Subject:
Computer Science
Computing and Information
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
William Shotts
Date Added:
12/02/2021
Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students
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Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students is an open textbook designed for students in graduate-level nursing and education programs. Its intent is to recognize the significant role the literature review plays in the research process and to prepare students for the work that goes into writing one. Developed for new graduate students and novice researchers just entering into the work of a chosen discipline, each of the eight chapters covers a component of the literature review process. Students will learn how to form a research question, search existing literature, synthesize results and write the review. The book contains examples, checklists, supplementary materials, and additional resources. Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students is written by two librarians with expertise guiding students through research and writing assignments, and is openly licensed.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Linda Frederiksen
Sue F. Phelps
Date Added:
06/20/2019
Math in Society
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Math in Society is a free, open textbook. This book is a survey of contemporary mathematical topics, most non-algebraic, appropriate for a college-level quantitative literacy topics course for liberal arts majors. The text is designed so that most chapters are independent, allowing the instructor to choose a selection of topics to be covered. Emphasis is placed on the applicability of mathematics. Core material for each topic is covered in the main text, with additional depth available through exploration exercises appropriate for in-class, group, or individual investigation.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
David Lippman
Date Added:
12/02/2021
Microeconomics
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Microeconomics provides an introduction to economic principles and market forces including supply and demand, labor and financial markets, elasticity, consumer choices, cost and industry structure, competition, monopoly, negative and positive externalities, economic inequality, financial markets, international trade, globalization and protectionism.

Subject:
Economics
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
06/13/2019
Principles of Public Speaking
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Given the demands for good communication skills in the civic realm and in the workplace, a course in public speaking is perhaps more important than ever. There is no quick path to a great speech. Good speaking is developed through practice and hard work. The public speaking course is a unique course. Unlike, say, a course in the principles of law or the history of Central Asia, the public speaking course requires you to both know content and be able to perform a skill well. You will learn important principles of public speaking and argumentation, but simply knowing these principles is insufficient; you must also be able to apply them well. By the same token, you might be able to get through a speech without saying “um,” but if the content of the speech is bad, it is not a good speech. The best public speakers not only speak smoothly, they also say important and interesting things.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Brent Adrian
Christie Fierro
Date Added:
12/02/2021
Project Management
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This book covers the basics of project management. This includes the process of initiation, planning, execution, control and close out that all projects share. This book has been adapted by the author as of August 15, 2014. The adaptation includes Canadianized content, PowerPoints, Audio Files, and Chapter Questions.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Management
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Adrienne Watt
Date Added:
10/28/2014