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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
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Allied Health Microbiology
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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:
12/03/2019
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
Applied Bioinformatics
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The tremendous growth of bioinformatics and computational biology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries has had an associated growth in software and algorithms for studying biological sequences. This book is designed to introduce students of the life sciences with little to no programming experience to the concepts and methodologies of bioinformatics, and contemporary software applications.

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Biology
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Oregon State University
Author:
David A. Hendrix
Date Added:
03/16/2021
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.

Subject:
Sociology
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Oregon State University
Author:
Allison L. Hurst
Date Added:
01/06/2020
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
Exploring Physical Phenomena
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This textbook is intended for use in laboratory-centered physics courses for prospective and practicing elementary and middle school teachers. By exploring physical phenomena in class, participants learn science in ways in which they are expected to teach science. The emphasis is upon questioning, predicting, exploring, observing, discussing, reading, and writing about what one thinks and why.

This textbook also is appropriate for use in general science courses that explore some of the physical phenomena underlying global climate change. In addition, organizations such as museums, youth groups, or senior citizen programs may find one or more units a feasible framework for offering extended science learning experiences to the public during workshops and/or special events. Some of the activities also could form the basis for on-going exhibits.

Subject:
Physical Science
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Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Elizabeth Gire
Emily van Zee
Date Added:
03/16/2021
Foundations of Epidemiology
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This book is intended to provide a basic introduction to epidemiologic methods and epidemiologic thinking. After reading this book, you should be able to read an epidemiologic study, understand what the authors did and why, and identify what they found. You will also have the tools to assess the quality of that study—how good is the evidence? What are potential sources of bias, and how might those have affected the results? This book will not teach you enough to be able to design and conduct your own epidemiologic studies—that level of understanding requires several years of specialized training. However, being able to read and understand the scientific literature about human health will allow you to apply that understanding to your own work in a nuanced, sophisticated way.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Marit L. Bovbjerg
Date Added:
02/28/2020
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.

Subject:
Biology
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Oregon State University
Author:
Linda Bruslind
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Getting Organized: Business Organization and Succession Planning for Oregon Family Farms and Ranches
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Every farm, ranch, nursery, dairy, or other agricultural operation is more than a business. It is a connection to family and tradition and provides essential food, fiber, fuel, and other benefits for society. But without attention to the farm as a business, it will not survive into the future or continue to provide those important connections and services. A farm’s management succession and estate planning are often uncomfortable topics for everyone involved. However, they are essential to protect and extend the agricultural operation.

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Agriculture
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Oregon State University
Author:
Christy Anderson Brekken
Joe Hobson
Date Added:
03/16/2021
A Guide to the Principles of Animal Nutrition
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Based on over 20 years of teaching experience in animal nutrition, this study guide will enhance learning basic food animal nutritional principles.

In this introductory text, six fundamental nutrients, their structure, digestion, and metabolism are covered. A brief introduction to bioenergetics, feed additives, nutrient analysis, digestive organs and processes in monogastric and ruminant animals, and methods for assessing nutrient utilization are also included.

Each chapter is illustrated with a new terms box, key points, and review questions.

This study guide is an essential learning tool for undergraduate students majoring in animal sciences, veterinary medicine, or other related disciplines.

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Nutrition
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Oregon State University
Author:
Gita Cherian
Date Added:
03/16/2021
Human Nutrition
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The flexbook is divided into 13 chapters with sections and subsections. These are numbered in such a way that the first number represents the chapter. A period separates the chapter from the section number, and another period is followed by the subsection number. The figures are non-copyrighted figures or I have made them myself in PowerPoint. The flexbook also contains links to articles, videos, and animations in Web Link boxes. These can be clicked to open the link, and urls for these resources are also provided at the end of the section or subsection.

Subject:
Nutrition
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Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Brian Lindshield
Date Added:
03/16/2021
Intermediate Microeconomics
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Intermediate Microeconomics is a comprehensive microeconomic theory text that uses real world policy questions to motivate and illustrate the material in each chapter. Intermediate Microeconomics is an approachable yet rigorous textbook that covers the entire scope of traditional microeconomic theory and includes two mathematical approaches, allowing instructors to teach the material with or without calculus. With real-world policy topics as an entree into each subject, Intermediate Microeconomics will help students engage with the material and facilitate learning not only the concepts, but their importance and application as well.

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Economics
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Textbook
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Oregon State University
Author:
Patrick M. Emerson
Date Added:
03/16/2021
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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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.

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Agriculture
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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.

Subject:
Computer Science
Mathematics
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Textbook
Provider:
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.

Subject:
Law
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Holly V. Campbell
Date Added:
01/06/2020