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Active Calculus
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Active Calculus is different from most existing calculus texts in at least the following ways: the text is 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 text is open source, and interested instructors can gain access to the original source files upon request; the style of the text requires students to be active learners — there are very few worked examples in the text, 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:
Mathematics
Calculus
Material Type:
Textbook
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Grand Valley State University
Author:
David Austin
Matt Boelkins
Steve Schlicker
Date Added:
02/19/2015
Beyond Lean: Simulation in Practice, Second Edition
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Lean thinking, as well as associated processes and tools, have involved into a ubiquitous perspective for improving systems particularly in the manufacturing arena. With application experience has come an understanding of the boundaries of lean capabilities and the benefits of getting beyond these boundaries to further improve performance. Discrete event simulation is recognized as one beyond-the-boundaries of lean technique. Thus, the fundamental goal of this text is to show how discrete event simulation can be used in addition to lean thinking to achieve greater benefits in system improvement than with lean alone. Realizing this goal requires learning the problems that simulation solves as well as the methods required to solve them. The problems that simulation solves are captured in a collection of case studies. These studies serve as metaphors for industrial problems that are commonly addressed using lean and simulation.

Subject:
Management
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Grand Valley State University
Author:
Charles Standridge
Date Added:
01/01/2013
Introduction to Human Osteology
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This text was designed for use in the human osteology laboratory classroom. Bones are described to aid in identification of skeletonized remains in either an archaeological or forensic anthropology setting. Basic techniques for siding, aging, sexing, and stature estimation are described. Both images of bone and drawings are included which may be used for study purposes outside of the classroom. The text represents work that has been developed over more than 30 years by its various authors and is meant to present students with the basic analytical tools for the study of human osteology.

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Architecture and Design
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Textbook
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Grand Valley State University
Provider Set:
ScholarWorks@GVSU
Author:
Georg Neumann
Gwyn Madden
Holm Neumann
Kenneth Beals
Roberta Hall
Date Added:
05/14/2012
Mathematical Reasoning: Writing and Proof, Version 2.1
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Mathematical Reasoning: Writing and Proof is designed to be a text for the first course in the college mathematics curriculum that introduces students to the processes of constructing and writing proofs and focuses on the formal development of mathematics. The primary goals of the text are to help students:

· Develop logical thinking skills and to develop the ability to think more abstractly in a proof oriented setting.

· Develop the ability to construct and write mathematical proofs using standard methods of mathematical proof including direct proofs, proof by contradiction, mathematical induction, case analysis, and counterexamples.

· Develop the ability to read and understand written mathematical proofs.

· Develop talents for creative thinking and problem solving.

· Improve their quality of communication in mathematics. This includes improving writing techniques, reading comprehension, and oral communication in mathematics.

· Better understand the nature of mathematics and its language.

This text also provides students with material that will be needed for their further study of mathematics.

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Mathematics
Material Type:
Textbook
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Grand Valley State University
Author:
Ted Sundstrom
Date Added:
06/01/2014
Trigonometry
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This trigonometry textbook is different than other trigonometry books in that it is free to download, and the reader is expected to do more than read the book and is expected to study the material in the book by working out examples rather than just reading about them. So this book is not just about mathematical content but is also about the process of learning and doing mathematics. That is, this book is designed not to be just casually read but rather to be engaged.

Since this can be a difficult task, there are several features of the book designed to assist students in this endeavor. In particular, most sections of the book start with a beginning activity that review prior mathematical work that is necessary for the new section or introduce new concepts and definitions that will be used later in that section. Each section also contains several progress checks that are short exercises or activities designed to help readers determine if they are understanding the material. In addition, the text contains links to several interactive Geogebra applets or worksheets. These applets are usually part of a beginning activity or a progress check and are intended to be used as part of the textbook.

The authors are very interested in constructive criticism of the textbook from the users of the book, especially students, who are using or have used the book. Please send any comments you have to trigtext@gmail.com.

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Trigonometry
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Grand Valley State University
Author:
Steven Schlicker
Ted Sundstrom
Date Added:
12/01/2016
Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide
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The Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide was created as a crowdsourcing project of Collaborvention 2011: A Computers and Writing Unconference. College writing teachers from around the web joined together to create this guide (see our Contributors list). The advice within it is based on contemporary theories and best practices.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Grand Valley State University
Author:
Charles Lowe
James Kalbach
Matt Barton
Date Added:
01/01/2011