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All Things Flow: Fluid Mechanics in the Natural Sciences
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This book began as lecture notes for an Oregon State University course in fluid mechanics, designed for beginning graduate students in physical oceanography. Because of its fundamental nature, this course is often taken by students outside physical oceanography, e.g., atmospheric science, civil engineering, physics and mathematics.
In later courses, the student will discover esoteric fluid phenomena such as internal waves that propagate through the sky, water phase changes that govern clouds, and planetary rotation effects that control large-scale winds and ocean currents. In contrast, this course concerns phenomena that we have all been familiar with since childhood: flows you see in sinks and bathtubs, in rivers, and at the beach. In this context, we develop the mathematical techniques and scientific reasoning skills needed for higher-level courses and professional research. Prerequisites are few: basic linear algebra, differential and integral calculus and Newton’s laws of motion. As we go along we discover the need for the more advanced tools of tensor analysis.

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Oceanography
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Oregon State University
Author:
W.D. Smyth
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01/06/2020
Anatomy & Physiology
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An adapted version of the OpenStax Anatomy & Physiology with revised content and artwork.

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Anatomy/Physiology
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Oregon State University
Author:
Amy Harwell
Devon Quick
Joel Kaufmann
Jon Runyeon
Katie Morrison-graham
Leeah Whittier
Lindsay M Biga
Mike Lemaster
Philip Matern
Robin Hopkins
Sierra Dawson
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Business Writing Style Guide
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It is the goal of this book to help students do the following:

* Apply basic concepts for effective and concise business writing.
* Compile a well written report acceptable within a business context.
* Follow a writing process designed for business students.
* Demonstrate critical thinking, reasoning, and persuasion.
* Communicate in writing using a business model.
* Apply resources for improving business writing skills.

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Business and Communication
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Oregon State University
Author:
John Morris
Julie Zwart
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Classical Sociological Theory and Foundations of American Sociology
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There are many excellent introductory readers to sociological theory out there. Why another one? The primary reason is that this is an Open Access textbook, free to you, the student, thanks to Oregon State University. We know that textbooks can be very expensive, and we think it is particularly problematic to charge students for access to work that has been published, in its original form, several decades ago. If you wanted, you could find all of the work included here in your local library, although you would have to put together many different books and articles. That is the second reason for this textbook – important passages have been collected for you, assembled here in one handy volume.

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Sociology
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Oregon State University
Author:
Allison L. Hurst
Date Added:
01/06/2020
The Earth's Layers Lesson #1
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This lesson teaches the students about the different layers of the Earth and how they work together. Students will be able to: Name and label the four layers of the Earth; Identify the main minerals that make up each layer; Explain how scientists formulated the idea that the Earth is comprised of four layers.

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Geology
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NASA
Oregon State University
Date Added:
09/20/2000
Entomology 311 Lab Manual
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Labs in this book supplement the information gained in lecture, as well as providing some perspective and experience with hands-on applications of ideas in pest management. The labs are presented in week-by-week order, so the pre-labs and reading for week 1 are labeled “Pre-Lab 1” and “Week 1 Reading”.

Pre-Labs are assignments to be done before lab meets, and will be due at the beginning of Lab. Complete the labs using your textbook, web resources, or the reading assigned for the week.

Readings are short 1-3 page “chapters” covering background topics pertinent to the upcoming lab, particular groups of insects/arthropods, or methods used in Pest Management. This should be read before coming to Lab each week.

Lab Assignments need to be printed and brought to class so that they can be completed as a group in Lab. It is sometimes helpful to read through the assignment ahead of time to get an idea of the subject matter for the week.

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Biology
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Oregon State University
Author:
Melissa Scherr
Date Added:
01/06/2020
The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands
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This book follows in the tradition of Charles “Chuck” Davis’ Western Public Lands and Environmental Politics (Westview Press), which many teachers and professors have used over the years in their environmental politics and policy courses. The second edition of Chuck’s book was published in 2001, and we were unsuccessful in trying to persuade him for a new edition. However, we were able to have him contribute to this volume and are very appreciative. Chuck has been a wonderful mentor, friend and colleague to both of us and we hope this book meets his approval. Chuck’s opening statement in the preface of the second edition is still relevant as we look back to the summer of 2018 and the forthcoming summer of 2019: “We are in the latter part of an unusually hot and dry summer the year 2000, and wildfires are burning out of control on large tracks of western lands” (2001: xi). Unfortunately, the increasing impacts of climate change on western public lands and the west as a whole has led to unprecedented catastrophic wildfires and loss of life, disappearing glaciers in western mountains, drought, and many western ecosystems teetering on the edge. In addition, a recent U.S. Geological Survey study estimates that approximately one-fourth of all carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. are from fossil fuel extraction and combustion from public lands (Merrill et al., 2018). We anticipate that climate change effects will exacerbate conflict over western public lands management and have therefore asked each chapter author to include a discussion of climate change where appropriate.

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Political Science
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Oregon State University
Author:
Brent Steel
Erika Wolters
Date Added:
01/06/2020
General Microbiology
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Welcome to the wonderful world of microbiology! Yay! So. What is microbiology? If we break the word down it translates to “the study of small life,” where the small life refers to microorganisms or microbes. But who are the microbes? And how small are they?

Generally microbes can be divided into two categories: the cellular microbes (or organisms) and the acellular microbes (or agents). In the cellular camp we have the bacteria, the archaea, the fungi, and the protists (a bit of a grab bag composed of algae, protozoa, slime molds, and water molds). Cellular microbes can be either unicellular, where one cell is the entire organism, or multicellular, where hundreds, thousands or even billions of cells can make up the entire organism. In the acellular camp we have the viruses and other infectious agents, such as prions and viroids.

In this textbook the focus will be on the bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) and the viruses and other acellular agents.

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Biology
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Oregon State University
Author:
Linda Bruslind
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Introduction to Climate Science
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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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Atmospheric Science
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Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Andreas Schmittner
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Introduction to Permaculture
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Permaculture Design is a method of land planning that can be applied at scales from the home garden to city block to village to farm. It is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, indigenous technologies, and other time-tested practices to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, Permaculture design is interdisciplinary, touching on a wide range of subjects including regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, architecture, social justice, and international development.

This open text book is derived from the content of the Massive Open Online Course “Intro to Permaculture”. The original course also included interactive mapping and design tools that accompanied this content. The course and book provide a general overview of the Permaculture design system. The book can be downloaded as a print version. However, there are many accompanying videos and content pages that are linked to throughout the text, so it is best viewed online where the links can be accessed.

Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Andrew Millison
Date Added:
06/29/2017
The Joy of Cryptography
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These are lecture notes for cs427 at Oregon State University, an introductory course in cryptography at the advanced undergraduate level. By reading and studying these notes, you should expect to learn how to:

*State and interpret the standard formal definitions for the most common cryptographic security properties (privacy and authentication).
*Formally prove security properties of sound cryptographic constructions, and break the security of unsound ones.
*Choose the appropriate cryptographic primitive for a task (block ciphers, hash functions, MACs, public-key encryption, etc.) while avoiding common pitfalls.
*Along the way, you will also learn how the most common cryptographic constructions work.

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Computer Science
Mathematics
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Oregon State University
Author:
Mike Rosulek
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Marine Law and Policy for Scientists and Managers
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The author approaches marine law based on a lifelong appreciation of planetary systems and the importance of ocean science, effective marine resource management, and from the perspectives of student, teacher, research consultant, and scholar of ocean law and policy.

Marine law is a vast and diverse field of evolving statutes, regulations, cases, common law precedent and practice that takes several years (and many volumes) to master. There are excellent, exhaustive treatises on the topic that serve as a resource for legal professionals who wish to become expert in the field.

This open educational resource is designed for use by undergraduate and graduate ocean science, natural resource, fisheries and wildlife, and environmental policy students enrolled in a ten-week academic quarter. The purpose of this project is to provide students and non-law professionals with a freely accessible, clearly written guide to support engaging and effective learning. As such, the book serves as a gateway and an invitation to become a well informed, committed and involved ocean citizen as well as to explore the field beyond our course study.

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Law
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Oregon State University
Author:
Holly V. Campbell
Date Added:
01/06/2020
New Media Futures
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This book is intended for use in a large introductory class in new media in a program that covers the “full-stack” including critical/cultural studies, media management, diffusion of innovation, and synthetic media production. The first half of this basic sequence covered new media and democracy, finance, intellectual property law, basic games, and transmedia. The second half of the sequence covers many topics related to aesthetics, design, technology, and methodology.

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Communication
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Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Daniel Faltesek
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Nuclear Security: Countering the Threat From States and Non-State Actors
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This edited volume brings together a number of articles and books written on the subject of nuclear security to provide the reader with a broad and deep understanding of the many issues that surround the subject. It is divided into three parts, covering the challenges associated with nuclear security as it pertains to countries, non-state actors/terrorism, and civilian nuclear facilities. Each of these areas poses its own unique problems and challenges.

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Political Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Ben Wickizer
David Bernell
Meredith Bowers
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Permaculture Design: Tools for Climate Resilience
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This book is predominantly about climate, and the macro influences of climate and climate change on design. As we get through the topics of climate analogues and climate change forecasting, we will end up moving down this list to see the climate’s influence on specific design choices.

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Agriculture
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Oregon State University
Author:
Andrew Millison
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Permaculture Water Design: Drought Proofing Farms
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This module by Andrew Millison focusses on farm-scale water systems, and goes in depth into the Permaculture and Keyline strategies for managing water in the landscape for agricultural applications: ponds, roads, trees and soils. The module consists of a YouTube video playlist, a case study example and quiz, and a page of resources. The content has no deadline, and will remain up online indefinitely, so take your time browsing the 24 videos that make up the bulk of the teachings.

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Agriculture
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Module
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Oregon State University
Author:
Andrew Millison
Date Added:
06/29/2017
A Primer for Computational Biology
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It has become almost cliché to state that contemporary life scientists work with a staggering amount and variety of data. This fact makes it no less true: the advent of high-throughput sequencing alone has forced biologists to routinely aggregate multi-gigabyte data sets and compare the results against multi-terabyte databases. The good news is that work of this kind is within the reach of anyone possessing the right computational skills.

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Computer Science
Biology
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Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Shawn T. O'Neil
Date Added:
01/06/2020
State and Local Government and Politics: Prospects for Sustainability (2nd Ed.)
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State and local government are the most visible levels of government in the United States. As you leave your family house, apartment, or school dormitory you encounter state and local government services, programs and infrastructure. From traffic lights, streets and highways, water and sewer services, K-12 education, higher education, parks, mass transit, law enforcement, utilities, communications and mass media, and many other activities, state and local governments are either directly involved in offering these services or in regulating organizations hired to provide such services. From the 50 states to the 3,031 county, 19,519 municipal, 16,360 town or township, and 51,146 special purpose governments (which could include school, hospital districts, rural fire districts, soil conservation districts, irrigation districts, regional transportation districts, and many more), the typical citizen encounters state and local government services and programs on a daily basis.

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Political Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Brent S. Steel
Christopher A. Simon
Nicholas P. Lovrich
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Strategic Management
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This open source textbook is derived from many sources, initially from the Principles of Management by Carpenter, Bauer, and Erdogan, but there is abundant new content as well. It is published under a Creative Commons license and as such there is no charge ever for this textbook.

The most important change from 1e is that static content was removed to make room for student-generated dynamic content. Throughout the book look for the names of contributing students in the red colored example boxes. As the term progresses, you will see new examples appear as fellow students research and summarize topics for current events, all are curated by the instructor.

Subject:
Management
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
John Morris
Date Added:
01/06/2020