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OpenStax College Introduction to Sociology - 2012-06-27

Introduction to Sociology is intended for a one-semester introductory sociology course. Conceived of and developed by active sociology instructors, this up-to-date title is now available on Connexions. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes sociology theory and research, real-world applications, simplify and debate features, and learning objectives for each chapter.

Introduction to Sociology was published by OpenStax College, an initiative of Connexions and Rice University. The project was generously funded by the Hewlett Foundation, Gates Foundation, 20 Million Minds Foundation and the Maxfield Foundation.

OpenStax College Physics - 2012-06-27

This 1300 page introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, illustrations, and explanations to help students grasp key, fundamental physics concepts.

College Physics is the first of a planned 20 college textbooks to be released by OpenStax College. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes learning objectives, conceptual questions, links to labs and simulations, and ample practice opportunities to solve traditional physics application problems.

Accessible Physics Concepts for Blind Students - 2011-11-30

Inaccessible textbooks that were hampering his students drove Richard Baldwin to author Accessible Physics Concepts for Blind Students. All of the concepts presented in the book can be read by audio screen readers and line-by-line Braille display.

World Innovation Summit for Education recognizes Connexions as leader in education - 2011-09-26

The World Innovation Summit for Education, an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, has chosen Rice University’s Connexions as a winner of the 2011 WISE Awards. The award recognizes projects that have had exceptional impact on education.

World Innovation Summit for Education recognizes Connexions as leader in education - 2011-09-26

The World Innovation Summit for Education, an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, has chosen Rice University’s Connexions as a winner of the 2011 WISE Awards. The award recognizes projects that have had exceptional impact on education.

Calculating Basic Statistical Procedures in SPSS - 2011-04-03

Calculating Basic Statistical Procedures in SPSS: A Self-Help and Practical Guide to Preparing Theses, Dissertations, and Manuscripts, is authored by John R. Slate and Ana Rojas-LeBouef from Sam Houston State University and endorsed by the NCPEA. The textbook was written to make statistical analysis less threatening and less anxiety-producing than many persons find it to be. The authors have written this textbook in hopes of facilitating individuals’ success in using SPSS for their statistical analyses; in interpreting the SPSS output properly; and in writing statistical results correctly.

This book will assists graduate students and faculty members, as well as undergraduate students, in their use of the Statistical Package of the Social Sciences-PC (SPSS-PC) versions 15-19. Specifically, we have generated a set of point-and-click steps and screenshots to depict each important step in conducting basic statistical analyses. Additionally, model writeups of statistical results were developed because many students have extensive difficulties in describing statistical results in a meaningful manner. By following the step-by-step nature of each model writeup, readers will be able to write their own results section in a manner compliant with APA 6th edition.

Business Fundamentals - 2010-11-03

The Business Fundamentals is designed to introduce students, particularly those in developing economies, to the essential concepts of business and other organizations. It focuses on small, entrepreneurial start-ups, and expands the discussion in each chapter to include issues that are faced in larger organizations. Traditional business models are discussed as well as eBusiness models. All major functional areas of modern organizations are covered.

The Global Text Project developed business fundamentals as a proof of concept text, based on the realization that it is a mistake to teach information systems in a vacuum, without giving students an appreciation of the organizational settings in which they operate. Accordingly, a table of contents was prepared and volunteers were recruited to serve as chapter editors and reviewers for a book on business fundamentals. Most chapter editors are academics who wrote their own chapters while, in other cases, teams of graduate students wrote segments of a chapter as a part of a course assignment. All contributions are gratefully acknowledged and the contributors' names are noted at the beginning of each chapter.

Sound Reasoning - 2010-08-23

Long time music author Anthony Brandt adds a new section to his collection, "Sound Reasoning". "Hearing Harmony" is an introductory course on harmony in Western classical music. It is entirely listening based; no ability to read music is required. Aural examples are interpolated directly into the text. "Listening Galleries" provide exercises to strengthen users' confidence. "Hearing Harmony" takes a non-traditional approach: Instead of focusing on chord identification, it puts a priority on harmonic structure. The goal is to provide an accessible and rewarding resource that uses a minimum of technical language and deepens one's appreciation of classical music. "Hearing Harmony" can be used as a stand-alone course; it is also compatible with standard music appreciation and harmony courses, either as preparation or a companion text.

High Performance Computing - 2009-11-16

The purpose of Chuck Severence's book, High Performance Computing has always been to teach new programmers and scientists about the basics of High Performance Computing. This book is for learners with a basic understanding of modern computer architecture, not advanced degrees in computer engineering, as it is an easily understood introduction and overview of the topic.

Originally published by O'Reilly Media in 1998, the book has since gone out of print and has now been released under the Creative Commons Attribution License on Connexions.

Multiresolution Analysis, Filterbank Implementation, and Function Approximation using Wavelets - 2009-10-30

Multiresolution Analysis, Filterbank Implementation, and Function Approximation using Wavelets introduces wavelets through multiresolution analysis as opposed to continuous wavelet transform. The collection further develops the idea of efficient algorithms used to quickly compute wavelet coefficients. Algorithms discussed include decomposition algorithm, reconstruction algorithm, and Mallat’s algorithm.

An Introduction to Wavelet Analysis - 2009-10-30

An Introduction to Wavelet Analysis provides an overview of multiresolution analysis, wavelet series and wavelet estimators in the classical setting. This collection begins by investigating notations, multiresolution analysis, wavelet functions as well as some simple examples of wavelet bases, and concludes by looking at how to construct a nonparametric regression estimator using wavelets.

Notes on the Design of Optimal FIR Filters - 2009-10-30

Notes on the Design of Optimal FIR Filters examines how to convert a typical filter specification in terms of cutoff frequency, passband ripple, etc., into a reasonably accurate estimate of the length of the impulse response. The collection covers topics such as filter sizing, performance comparisons with other FIR design methods, and extensions to non-lowpass filters.

An Introduction to Source-Coding: Quantization, DPCM, Transform Coding, and Sub-band Coding - 2009-10-30

An Introduction to Source-Coding: Quantization, DPCM, Transform Coding, and Sub-band Coding comprises a one-semester course on source coding, with an emphasis on audio coding. The course covers quantization, differential pulse code modulation (DPCM), transform coding, and sub-band coding. The quantization material includes memoryless scalar quantization (uniform and Lloyd-Max), entropy coding, and adaptive quantization. The DPCM section describes PCM, predictive encoding, DPCM, and the design of prediction coefficients. Furthermore, prediction error is analyzed and compared to rate-distortion bounds. The transform coding section includes material on optimal bit allocation, gain over PCM, the Karhunen-Loeve transform, performance analysis, and sub-optimum orthogonal transforms. Finally, the section on sub-band coding includes introductory material on multirate signal processing, uniformly modulated filterbanks, cosine-modulated filterbanks, and lapped transforms, with an emphasis on MPEG audio processing.

Topics in Applied Probability - 2009-10-30

Topics in Applied Probability is meant to supplement the collection Applied Probability with examples, further problems, and m-files. This collection is not meant to stand alone but rather serve as a miscellany of further content not included in the original collection. Topics discussed in this collection include Martingale Sequences and Markov Procedures as well as a few others. In addition, the collection of m-files contains both the user-defined programs and a collection of m-files for specific problems with properly formatted data.

A Wavelet Tour of Signal Processing, The Sparse Way - 2009-10-30

A Wavelet Tour of Signal Processing, The Sparse Way comprises Chapter 1 of a commercially available text released by Academic Press. The contents of this collection have been made freely available on the author’s website and now also on Connexions. The remainder of the text is available for purchase from various vendors.

A Primer on Besov Spaces - 2009-10-30

A Primer on Besov Spaces provides an introduction to many element of Besov Space. Topics discussed include approximation procedures such as classical and fractional smoothness, as well as wavelet decompositions.

Concise Signal Models - 2009-10-08

Concise Signal Models reviews fundamental concepts underlying the use of concise models for signal processing. Topics are presented from a geometric perspective and include low-dimensional linear, sparse, and manifold-based signal models, approximation, compression, dimensionality reduction, and Compressed Sensing.

Automatic Generation of Prime Length FFT Programs - 2009-10-08

Automatic Generation of Prime Length FFT Programs describes a set of programs for circular convolution and prime length Fast Fourier Transforms that are short, possess great structure, share many computational procedures, and cover a large variety of lengths. This work grew out of the doctoral and post doctoral research of Ivan Selesnick working with Professor C. Sidney Burrus at Rice University

Dynamics of Social Systems - 2009-10-08

Dynamics of Social Systems develops the idea that models, dynamics, and simulations used successfully in science and engineering can be applied in the social sciences. These notes were originally used in a course at Rice University taught to engineers and social scientist in 1973-74.

Large DFT Modules: 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, and 25. Revised ECE Technical Report 8105 - 2009-10-08

Large DFT Modules: 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, and 25. Revised ECE Technical Report 8105 describes three large DFT modules (17,19,25) which were developed by the first author, Howard Johnson, in June of 1981, and two previously undocumented modules (11,13) which were originally generated at Stanford in 1978.

Purdue Digital Signal Processing Labs (ECE 438) - 2009-10-08

Purdue Digital Signal Processing Labs (ECE 438) is a reproduction of a set of laboratory experiments developed for the course ECE438 - Digital Signal Processing with Applications, taught in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. This is a senior-level undergraduate course that covers the fundamentals of digital signal processing, along with several applications throughout the course. Some applications of particular emphasis are speech modeling, coding and synthesis, and also imaging processing topics including filtering, color spaces, halftoning, and tomography. The modules are written for a student who has essentially no Matlab experience. A Matlab introduction is contained in the first module, and further Matlab skills and tips are provided as the modules progress forward.

Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filter Design - 2009-10-08

Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filter Design covers research in the area of digital filter design over the last 10 to 20 years. This collection covers topics from finite impulse response filter design and infinite impulse response with design programs given in MatLab and FORTRAN.

The book is a useful introductory course for students with a knowledge of discrete-time systems. It could be used in a second year DSP course on filter design or for self-study or even reference in industry.

Advanced Algebra II - 2009-08-11

The world of second-year algebra comes alive in Kenny Felder's Advanced Algebra II. Felder, a high school math teacher in North Carolina, designed his course using a nontraditional approach to a very traditional subject. Centered around a Homework and Activities book, along with accompanying Conceptual Explanations and Teacher's Guide collections, Advanced Algebra II tackles topics by focusing on comprehension rather than straight lecture delivery.

Advanced Algebra II was selected by California's Free Digital Textbook Initiative to be included in a list of free textbooks available to California schools starting in Fall 2009.

Innovative Author Meets California Free Digital Textbook Initiative - 2009-08-11

Connexions author Kenny Felder has textbook reviewed, accepted as part of California's Free Digital Textbook Initiative.

Applied Probability - 2009-07-20

Paul Pfeiffer's Applied Probability is a collection for college students versed in basic calculus and looking to learn about the practical aspects of probability. The course guides readers through important probability concepts such as distributions, random variables and functions, variance, and more, using problem sets and guided MATLAB examples.

A Unified Theory of a Law - 2009-07-13

John Bosco, a lawyer from Staten Island, NY and a high-school law professor at Monsignor Farrell High School, has authored a collection of modules that seeks to define and slightly shift the popular paradigm of law. A Unified Theory of a Law separates the notion of a law into different facets: Words versus Structure, The Lawmaker versus the Legal Thinker, Regulation versus Deregulation, and so on. By looking at law from new perspectives and including helpful diagrams to illustrate his points, Bosco's A Unified Theory of a Law is an innovative and intriguing addition to the Connexions repository.

Programming Fundamentals - 2009-06-03

Programming Fundamentals - A Modular Structured Approach Using C++ is a new course written by Kenneth Leroy Busbee, a faculty member at Houston Community College. This text introduces students to the world of computer programming using a variety of interactive labs, practice problem sets, and demonstrations. A wide variety of topics are covered in Programming Fundamentals, from the program design to high-performance computing. The collection includes an open source C++ compiler and other tools used throughout the collection.

Elementary Algebra - 2009-06-01

Elementary Algebra covers traditional topics studied in a modern elementary algebra course. Written by Denny Burzynski and Wade Ellis, it is intended for both first-time students and those wishing to brush up on their algebra mathematics. This versatile text features homework assignments, an arithmetic review, and proficiency exams at the end of each chapter.

Fast Fourier Transforms - 2009-04-23

The Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) is a landmark algorithm used in fields ranging from signal processing to high-performance computing. First popularized by two American scientists in 1965, the Fast Fourier Transform has since been optimized and adapted for a number of different applications.

In this collection, Dr. Sidney Burrus of Rice University provides a comprehensive look at the FFT, its range of applications and several variant algorithms. Fast Fourier Transforms also includes FFT flowgraphs, computer programs, and a wealth of other material related to the FFT.

A First Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering - 2009-04-20

A First Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering provides readers with a comprehensive, introductory look at the world of electrical engineering. It was originally written by Louis Scharf and Richard Behrens at the University of Colorado. This collection includes MATLAB exercises and diagrams that step readers through a broad range of topics, including phasors, circuit analysis, binary coding, and more.

Understanding Basic Music Theory - 2009-04-16

"Understanding Basic Music Theory" is an introduction to music theory by one of Connexions' most popular authors. In addition to the basic concepts of music theory, this course and book offer a review of common notation and an introduction to the physics behind music theory, as well as a few slightly advanced but very useful topics, such as transposition.

Chemistry Concepts - 2009-04-16

"Concept Development Studies in Chemistry" is an on-line textbook for an Introductory General Chemistry course. Each module develops a central concept in Chemistry from experimental observations and inductive reasoning. This approach complements an interactive or active learning teaching approach.

National Council of Professors of Educational Administration - 2009-04-09

The National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) is committed to the practice and study of educational administration. NCPEA uses Connexions to publish peer-reviewed, scholarly articles in educational administration. These articles are submitted by NCPEA members nationwide, collected in the NCPEA endorsement lens and then linked from the Connexions Content Commons to NCPEA's International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation (IJELP).

Rice University Press - 2009-04-09

After closing its doors in 1996, Rice University Press re-emerged as a digital press thanks in part to Connexions. RUP leveraged the power of Connexions to cut distribution and warehousing costs in order to feature valuable academic works that would normally be too expensive or specialized to publish through traditional models. Rice University Press ceased operations on September 30, 2010; however, selected books are still available on the web via Connexions at no cost, with print-on-demand copies available for purchase through QOOP.

The Rice University Press lens features all of their publications - such as Flowering Light and Houston Reflections - on one easy-to-navigate page.

Flowering Light - 2009-04-07

The artistic works of Jewish mysticism scholar Elliot Wolfson are examined in Flowering Light. Written by Professor Marcia Brennan, this full-length book captures Wolfson's poetry and painting in a way that redefines scholarly critique. This collection includes vibrant reproductions of Wolfson's creative expressions.

Flowering Light is one of many titles available in Connexions through Rice University Press.

Señales y Sistemas - 2009-03-25

Señales y Sistemas is a Spanish translation of Dr. Rich Baraniuk's collection Signals and Systems (col10064). The translation was coordinated by an an assistant electrical engineering professor and two graduate students at the University of Texas, El Paso.

Este curso trata acerca de señales, sistemas, y transformadas a partir de las bases matématicas y teoréticas hasta las implementaciones prácticas en circuitos y algoritmos. (This course deals with signals, systems, and transforms, from their theoretical mathematical foundations to practical implementation in circuits and computer algorithms.)

Collaborative Statistics - 2008-08-08

Collaborative Statistics was written by two faculty members at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. This book is intended for introductory statistics courses being taken by students at two- and four-year colleges who are majoring in fields other than math or engineering. The textbook was developed over several years and has been used in regular and honors-level classroom settings and in distance learning classes.

The book focuses on applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it. The focus is on thinking statistically, incorporating technology, working collaboratively, and writing thoughtfully.

"Rational"ity - 2008-02-20

"Everything you need to know about rational functions in high school." Demonstrates rational functions and graphing them in 2D and 3D. Includes interactive quizzes to test your understanding of how equations create graphs, and how graphs represent equations.

Ground Breaking Multimedia Enhances DSP Education through Connexions - 2007-11-26

Professor Ed Doering of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology presents a Connexions multimedia tour of musical synthesis and signal processing using LabVIEW.

The Handbook of Doctoral Programs: Issues and Challenges - 2007-10-09

The focus of this collection is the development of better methods of pedagogy and instruction to help bring about more effective academic and professional development programs for all doctoral students and faculty in educational administration. Specific topics include program accreditation, design and delivery, innovations in educational leadership, curricular and instructional improvement, dissertation conventions and writing, self-reflection and professional growth, social justice in leadership and learning, and mentoring theory and practice. The collection is available both online and as a printed book.

FORWARD: The Roles of Leadership and Management - 2007-10-09

Leadership is both objective and subjective. Management as currently defined is closer to the objective side of leadership and leadership is more closely aligned with the subjective side. This dichotomy, however, may not serve us well. The eight nationally recognized authors represented in this collection clearly address both sides of this dichotomy, making the point that leadership and management are both important functions, but that they have different purposes and they seek to obtain different outcomes. This collection is available both online and as a printed book.

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering - 2007-10-09

The course focuses on the creation, manipulation, transmission, and reception of information by electronic means. It covers elementary signal theory, time- and frequency-domain analysis, the sampling theorem, digital information theory, digital transmission of analog signals, and error-correcting codes. It is available both online and as a printed book.

Introduction to Physical Electronics - 2007-10-09

This course offers an introduction to solid state device including field effect and bipolar transistors. Properties of transmission lines and propagating E&M waves are also presented. It is available both online and as a print-on-demand book.

Art History and Its Publications in the Electronic Age - 2007-10-08

This collection is a report from a study funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It addresses scholarly publishing in art history in the age of electronic communication. Published by Rice University Press and CLIR, it is available both online and as a printed book.

LabVIEW Programming - 2007-10-03

This course and book teaches how to program virtual instruments and simulations using LabVIEW to develop test and measurement, data acquisition, instrument control, data logging, measurement analysis, and report generation applications.

Spectrograms - 2007-09-24

Spectrograms visually represent a speech signal. In this module, the calculation of the spectrogram is briefly explained. This module is part of a book on signal processing available through Connexions.

Galileo's Telescope - 2007-08-31

A brief history of Galileo's telescope, its predecessors, and the "telescope race" it inspired. In a 150 or so years, telescope makers like Galileo started with a collection of eyeglass components, solved several major technical hurdles (and discovered major physical principles in doing so), and ended up with the telescope design we still use today.

Tuning Your Guitar - 2007-08-21

Different methods of tuning the guitar give slightly different results. Your preferred method will depend both on what is easy and convenient for you and on what you want the result to sound like. This module covers seven different techniques, including harmonics, pitch pipes, tuning forks, and intervals.

Bringing Engineering Material to Latin America - 2007-08-16

Ricardo von Borries is using Connexions to bring digital signal processing content to engineering students in Latin America. Ricardo, an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), is leading a team that is translating two digital signal processing (DSP) Connexions courses from English to Spanish.

Searching for a Better Way to Reach Students in Science and Engineering - 2007-06-22

Petroleum engineer Sunil Kumar Singh, from New Delhi, India, wanted to contribute to his community through his love of basic science and engineering.

He sought to "transform the way education is imparted", but realized quickly how difficult it can be for individual projects to make a global impact. Then he found the Connexions community.

Education for the New Millennium - 2007-06-21

"The first course in a five-course series updating teacher skills and mastery, the purpose of which is to enhance the teaching profession and build teacher mentors on a local level. In this course, you'll be introduced to educational theories and approaches to learning and how to apply them to your classroom; aspects of effective teaching; and contemporary issues in education. The material reflects a pattern of inclusive, discovery-oriented, culturally-attuned, and globally-aware teaching."

Freshman Engineering Problem Solving with MATLAB - 2007-06-20

This course, originating at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus, is intended to introduce freshman engineering students to problem solving using an m-file environment, such as MATLAB, LabVIEW MathScript, Octave, etc. It is designed for the novice programmer, and covers the most commonly used features of the language.

Online Is the Future of Education - 2007-03-11

Online information is a very important part of the future of education according to Bill Wilson, Connexions author and a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Rice University. "Online is where the kids (students) get everything," said Bill. "I do not see why all educational material cannot go online. That is where the kids go to get information."

Connecting with Music - 2007-03-09

Composition Professor Anthony Brandt was looking for a way to interweave music and text to form a truly interactive music appreciation course.

"At first, I thought a CD-ROM might be the best medium. However, when I learned about Connexions, I realized that its flexibility, potential to grow, and universal reach made it ideal."

Connexions: Teaching at Any Level - 2007-03-09

Catherine (Kitty) Schmidt-Jones has published seven courses and more than 80 modules for Connexions. She uses some of the content in her own teaching of K-12 students, but she said one of the most gratifying parts of her experience with Connexions has been the feedback she has received from others. She has received e-mail from people in the rural United States, Morocco, Uruguay, and Uganda.

Sound Reasoning - 2007-03-02

"Sound Reasoning is a web-based, introductory music appreciation course. It offers a new approach to music appreciation for adults, focusing on style-independent concepts. The goal of "Sound Reasoning" is to equip you with questions that you may ask of any piece of music, thereby creating a richer and more comprehensive understanding of music both familiar and unfamiliar."

State Space Systems - 2007-03-02

"The Mars Global Surveyor orbits our nearest planetary neighbor on a mission to map the surface of Mars and catalogue scientific data. The motion of this spacecraft is managed by a propulsion system that consists of a main engine and 8 "attitude-control" thrusters. How do these propulsion devices work together to safely control the movement of the Surveyor spacecraft?"

Corporate Governance - 2007-03-02

"This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to ethics in business and provides modules in Ethical Leadership, Ethical Decision-Making, Social Responsibility, and Corporate Governance. This course will culminate in an Ethics Bowl competition in which students will practice ethics advocacy in a variety of organizational contexts in business."

Joy of Sharing Attracts Author to Connexions - 2006-03-11

In 2003 Davide Rocchesso was searching the Internet for signal processing content and browsing sites that talked about free publishing and Creative Commons when he discovered Connexions. Davide, an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Verona, Italy, decided that Connexions was where he wanted to publish material for his classes. Several advantages of Connexions appealed to Davide, including the availability of MathML for formulas and equations, the ability to include various types of media, the ease of generating PDF files for printing, the possibility to build on someone else’s content, and the joy of sharing.

Digital Aids Enhance Learning Process - 2005-09-12

People from 157 countries access Connexions for its scholarly content. Authors from many different countries publish their content in Connexions. One such author is Anders Gjendemsjø, a Doctoral Fellow in Trondheim, Norway, at the Institutt for elektronikk og telekommunikasjon (Department of Electronics and Telecommunication) at the NTNU Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

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