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The Art of Polynomial Interpolation
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The inspiration for this text grew out of a simple question that emerged over a number of years of teaching math to Middle School, High School and College students.

Practically speaking, what is the origin of a particular polynomial?

So much time is spent analyzing, factoring, simplifying and graphing polynomials that it is easy to lose sight of the fact that polynomials have a wealth of practical uses. Exploring the techniques of interpolating data allows us to view the development and birth of a polynomial. This text is focused on laying a foundation for understanding and applying several common forms of polynomial interpolation. The principal goals of the text are:

1). Breakdown the process of developing polynomials to demonstrate and give the student a feel for the process and meaning of developing estimates of the trend (s) a collection of data may represent.

2).Introduce basic matrix algebra to assist students with understanding the process without getting bogged down in purely manual calculations. Some manual calculations have been included, however, to assist with understanding the concept.

3).Assist students in building a basic foundation allowing them to add additional techniques, of which there are many, not covered in this text.

Subject:
Mathematics
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Textbook
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Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Stuart Murphy
Date Added:
09/12/2022
BIM Planning for Facility Owners
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This Guide has been developed for facility owner organizations, along with designers, contractors, operators, and consultants who advise owners. We assume that the reader has a fundamental understanding of BIM concepts. For those readers who are not familiar with BIM, it is recommended, that you review BIM literature such as BIG BIM little bim by Jernigan (2008), the BIM Handbook by Eastman et al. (2011), or other BIM resources from the GSA, US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Army Corp of Engineers, and others. This Guide is not intended to convince an organization to use BIM, but rather how to implement it. If the organization has determined that BIM can add value to the organization, this Guide will lead them through the steps to integrate BIM into the organization. However, if the organization is unsure about implementing BIM, it may be necessary to further research the benefits and risks of BIM to make a business case for implementing BIM.

Subject:
Engineering
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Textbook
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Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Ashwin Ramesh
Chimay Anumba
Dan Weiger
Eric Nulton
John Messner
Kim Price
Ralph Kreider
Robert Leicht
Date Added:
12/01/2020
BIM Project Execution Planning Guide, Version 3.0
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This BIM Project Execution Planning Guide is a product of the BIM Project Execution Planning Project within the buildingSMART alliance™ (bSa), a council within the National Institute of Building Sciences. The bSa is charged with developing the National Building Information Modeling Standard – United States™ (NBIMS-US). This Guide was developed to provide a practical manual that can be used by project teams to design their BIM strategy and develop a BEP. The core modeling and information exchange concepts have been designed to complement the long-term goals of the bSa in the development of a standard that can be implemented throughout the AECOO Industry to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of BIM implementation on projects.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Chimay Anumba
Chitwan Saluja
Colleen Kasprzak
Craig Dubler
John Messner
Nevena Zikic
Ralph Kreider
Robert Leicht
Sagata Bhawani
Sean Goodman
Date Added:
04/21/2021
CRIMJ 100
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Welcome to the First Edition of an OER textbook for Penn State's CRIMJ 100 Course. This text was developed with the assistance of an Affordable Course Transformation grant from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Criminal Justice
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Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Ronald Kelly
Date Added:
08/03/2021
Drugs, Health & Behavior
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In this open textbook, you will find seven chapters.

What are Drugs? A Brief Introduction
How the Body Works in Relation to Drugs
Types of Drugs Commonly Misused
Prescriptions, Over The Counter Medications, and Supplements
Law, Regulation, and Social Policy
Use, Abuse, Addiction & Treatment
Prevention

Subject:
Social Work
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Textbook
Provider:
Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Jacqueline Schwab
Date Added:
12/21/2021
Earth 101 Natural Disasters: Hollywood vs. Reality Assigned Readings
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Earth 101 Natural Disasters: Hollywood vs. Reality Assigned Readings by Jennifer Sliko is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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Geology
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Reading
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Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Jennifer Sliko
Date Added:
12/01/2020
Financial and Managerial Accounting
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This book is uniquely constructed to integrate reading, video tutorials, links and practice to make this is not your typical accounting text. Interspersed with short tutorials, interactives, and links to professional organizations. Also sprinkled throughout are “Your Turn” text blocks. In each, you’re asked to practice the concept, computation, or accounting entries just presented in the text. The solution is provided for you to learn- take advantage of these opportunities to test your understanding.

Subject:
Accounting
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Lolita Paff
Date Added:
12/23/2021
Math 220, Matrices
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This is a textbook for a first course in linear algebra. Of course, there are already many fine linear algebra textbooks available. Even if you are reading this one online for free, you should know that there are other free linear algebra textbooks available online. You have choices! So why would you choose this one? This book arises from my belief that linear algebra, as presented in a traditional undergraduate curriculum, has for too long lived in the shadow of calculus. Many mathematics programs currently require their students to complete at least three semesters of calculus, but only one semester of linear algebra, which often has two semesters of calculus as a prerequisite.

Subject:
Mathematics
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Textbook
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Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Kristen Pueschel
Date Added:
08/24/2021
Microbiology 201
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Microbiology covers the scope and sequence requirements for a single-semester microbiology course for non-majors. The book presents the core concepts of microbiology with a focus on applications for careers in allied health. The pedagogical features of the text make the material interesting and accessible while maintaining the career-application focus and scientific rigor inherent in the subject matter. Microbiology’s art program enhances students’ understanding of concepts through clear and effective illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.

Subject:
Biology
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Textbook
Provider:
Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Tami Mysliwiec
Date Added:
06/12/2021
Nutrition 100 Nutritional Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle
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Welcome to the First Edition of an OER textbook for Penn State's NUTR 100 Nutritional Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle . This text was developed with the assistance of an Affordable Course Transformation grant from The Pennsylvania State University.

Subject:
Nutrition
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
Lynn Klees
Date Added:
08/27/2021
The Uses of BIM
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This document presents a system for the classification of the Uses of BIM. This classification system provides a common language for the Uses of Building Information Modeling (or BIM Uses) that can be leveraged to communicate the precise purpose and context of implementing BIM on a capital facility project. A BIM Use is defined as a method of applying Building Information Modeling during a facility’s lifecycle to achieve one or more specific objectives. The BIM Project Execution Planning Guide provides a structured method to plan the implementation of Building Information Modeling on a project.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Penn State Pressbooks
Author:
John Messner
Ralph Kreider
Date Added:
12/01/2020