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Academic Administration, Finance and Management
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1.) Theory Learning Goals:
a.) Understanding theoretical perspectives in academic administration, finance and management including the Microtechnique constructions TORI and noesis as well as some organizational principles from General System Theory Squared, GST2, (GST2 by Lindblom). The course is in exploration of complex systems thinking (Microtechnique) (in The Psychology of Administration and Management and includes elements from The Psychology of Consciousness for the purposes of hypothesis foundation and elements from General System Theory Squared (GST2) for method.
b.) Assessment and appraisal of Microtechnique scholarly research and writing in areas of psychology.

2.) Learning Goals:
a.) General application of psychological theory in Microtechnique management.
b.) Reflection on application of Microtechnique theory and design methodology in theoretical research and action research including practical investigation of ideas, norms, and change strategies in Management.

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Business and Information Technology
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Rice University
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Author:
Eric Lindblom
Date Added:
01/31/2018
Advanced Algebra II: Activities and Homework
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This is the main text of Kenny Felder's course in Advanced Algebra II. It consists of a series of worksheets, some intended to be used in class as group activities, and some intended to be used as homework assignments. This text is designed for use with the "Advanced Algebra II: Conceptual Explanations" and the "Advanced Algebra II: Teacher's Guide" collections to make up the entire course.

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Algebra
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Rice University
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Author:
Kenny Felder
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Advanced Algebra II: Teacher's Guide
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This is the Teacher's Guide for Kenny Felder's course in Advanced Algebra II. This guide is *not* an answer key for the homework problems: rather, it is a day-by-day guide to help the teacher understand how the author envisions the materials being used. This text is designed for use with the "Advanced Algebra II: Conceptual Explanations" and the "Advanced Algebra II: Homework and Activities" collections (coming soon) to make up the entire course.

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Algebra
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Rice University
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Author:
Kenny Felder
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Applied Finite Mathematics
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Applied Finite Mathematics covers topics including linear equations, matrices, linear programming, the mathematics of finance, sets and counting, probability, Markov chains, and game theory. Endorsed by CollegeOpenTextbooks.org.

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Business and Information Technology
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Rice University
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Author:
Rupinder Sekhon
Date Added:
01/31/2018
Authentic Problem-based Collaborative Learning Practices for Professional Development in Teacher Education
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Higher learning organizations frequently offer courses isolated from other disciplines or areas of concentration. The intent of this study was to explore collaboration practices on authentic based projects involving two distinct courses from differing programs: Instructional Technology and Educational Leadership. This paper describes the strategies of designing effective learning environments for multidisciplinary collaboration and problem-based learning and reports the effectiveness of those strategies. The result of the collaboration was the production of various multimedia interactive professional development training materials developed by the technology students on various topics proposed by the school administrators. The collaborative learning practices provided the opportunity to not only give and receive knowledge among the participants but also view this exchange as a responsibility to create a collaborative culture within the university.

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Higher Education
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Rice University
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Author:
Carol Schultz
Seung Kim
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Collaborative Statistics: Custom Version modified by R. Bloom
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Collaborative Statistics was written by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean, faculty members at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. The textbook was developed over several years and has been used in regular and honors-level classroom settings and in distance learning classes. This textbook 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. Intermediate algebra is the only prerequisite. The book focuses on applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it. This custom textbook collection has been modified by R. Bloom for her classes at De Anza College; the homework content for the custom collection is now contained in a separate homework collection.

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Statistics and Probability
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Rice University
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Author:
Roberta Bloom
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Collaborative Statistics Homework Book: Custom Version modified by R. Bloom
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This is a custom collection (by R. Bloom) of homework and review problems to accompany Collaborative Statistics textbook custom collection by R. Bloom. Content is derived from Collaborative Statistics written by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean, faculty members at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. The textbook by S. Dean and B. Illowsky was developed over several years and has been used in regular and honors-level classroom settings and in distance learning classes. This textbook 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. Intermediate algebra is the only prerequisite. The book focuses on applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it. This custom version of their collection has been modified by R. Bloom for her classes at De Anza College.

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Statistics and Probability
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Rice University
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Author:
Roberta Bloom
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Course 2: New Teaching Methods
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In this course, teachers be introduced to thematic learning and cooperative learning techniques. Teachers will have a chance to develop lesson plans with these ideas in mind. You are given practical tools for classroom management and ways in which you can guide students to think about their own process of learning. Portions of this course have been reproduced from the encyclopedia of informal education: www.infed.org

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Fine Arts
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Rice University
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Author:
Fred Mednick
Date Added:
03/23/2006
Crediting the Past, Challenging the Present, Creating the Future
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Nationally recognized experts in the field of educational leadership and administration contribute to this book, with chapters focused on the past, present, and future of the preparation of our nation's school leaders. Every field of professional practice must periodically reflect on its past, assess current conditions, and chart a course for the future. This book is designed to stimulate thinking and action for the field of educational leadership. The authors portray historical achievements and short comings, describe what is transpiring now, and explore implications of current developments.

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Education
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Rice University
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Author:
National Council of Professors of Educational Administration
Date Added:
07/08/2005
Introductory Material to The Good Book: Thirty Years of Comments, Conjectures and Conclusions
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Introductory essays and interview to The Good Book: Thirty Years of Comments, Conjectures and Conclusions by I.J. Good, edited by David Banks and Eric P. Smith. The collection includes an introduction by Good, a long and thorough interview with him, and three appreciations of his work. I.J. Good is a legendary statistician whose work has had tremendous influence, not only in statistical sciences but also in world politics, from code-breaking during World War II to policy formation during Cold War negotiations with the Soviet Union. The print version of the book, available from Rice University Press, includes thirty years' worth of Good's witty essays on statistics, originally published in the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.

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Business and Information Technology
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Rice University
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Author:
Frederick Moody
Date Added:
01/31/2018
Kinematics fundamentals
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This course is a part of physics course structured and designed for class room teaching. The content development is targeted to the young minds having questions and doubts. The book conforms to the standards and frame work prescribed by various Boards of Education. This course contains a 669 page book available in html and pdf formats.

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Physics
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Rice University
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Author:
Sunil Singh
Date Added:
09/13/2006
Labs For Collaborative Statistics - Teegarden
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This is a collection of labs from Collaborative Statistics by Illowski and Dean which have been edited to include Minitab activities. In addition the labs are to be done as individual activities.

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Statistics and Probability
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Activity/Lab
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Rice University
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Author:
Mary Teegarden
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Negro and White Exclusion Towns and Other Observations in Oklahoma and Indian Territory by Frank G. Speck
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The book collects together and republishes a set of essays by Frank G. Speck that were originally issued as separate articles in The Southern Workman. The papers, which were written early in Speck's career, during the period 1907-1911, draw upon his first-hand observations in the Indian and Oklahoma Territories on the eve of Oklahoma statehood. In contrast to his more dispassionate ethnographic writings, which were published in venues read primarily by professional anthropologists and folklorists, these essays were published for a popular audience in the journal of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, an important college serving African American and Native American students. Reflecting the sensibilities of Speck and his anthropological circle at the time, these brief essays are accessible, provocative and sometimes biting in tone and represent the work of a young scholar seeking to develop a public, progressive, critical and engaged stance relative to the social problems faced by the peoples--particularly Native American and African American peoples--of Oklahoma and of the United States more broadly. For modern readers, the essays are little utilized sources for the study of Oklahoma, Freedmen, and Muscogee (Creek) Indian cultural history. They also deepen historical understandings of Speck and his work and enrich scholarly knowledge of early efforts at developing anthropology as a means of cultural critique. Under U.S. copyright law, these essays are now in the public domain and is being republished on this basis.

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Geography
Sociology and Anthropology
U.S. History
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Rice University
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Author:
Frank G. Speck
Jason Baird Jackson
Date Added:
10/16/2017
The New-York Historical Society: Lessons from One Nonprofit's Long Struggle for Survival
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A detailed history of the New-York Historical Society, with a focus on its management, governance, board, and financing.

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Business and Information Technology
Fine Arts
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Rice University
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Author:
Kevin Guthrie
Date Added:
01/31/2018
Parallel Worlds of Education and Medicine: Art, Science, and Evidence
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The No Child Left Behind Act is comprised of four pillars, one of which is “proven education methods.” This paper attempts to provide a historical context for the development of evidence-based education by examining its foundation in medical practice. Next, the rationale for evidence of educational effectiveness based on a scientific “gold standard,” the randomized controlled trial (RCT), is explored and the relative limitations of this approach are outlined. Finally, important distinctions between medicine and education are explained.

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Education
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Rice University
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Author:
Eileen Johnson
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Portland Cement in the Energy Industry
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Cement production may be classified by application into two primary groups: construction and energy services. The construction applications for cementing consume the lion’s share of cement manufactured world-wide, but the cement produced for energy services applications is an integral part of meeting the world’s energy needs and requires tighter quality control standards to meet that industry’s higher demands on control of the rheological properties of the fluid slurry state, the solid state, and especially the transition from the former state to the latter, or the setting process. Applications relating to the energy services industry are the primary focus of this work. Additionally, cement may also become central to efforts in nuclear waste management by locking radioactive material within the cementitious matrix, where rates of diffusion of waste out of the cement serve as the dominant concern. These modules explain the chemistry of Portland cement and its applications for the energy industry.

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Career and Technical Education
Chemistry
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Rice University
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Author:
Andrew R. Barron
Don Johnson
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Public School Finance Assessment Project Aligned with ELCC Standards
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This is a detailed description of an assessment that can be used in a graduate level of study in the area of public school finance. This has been approved by NCATE as meeting all of the stipulated ELCC standards for which it is designed (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3.).

This course of study appropriate for this assessment is both skills and knowledge focused. The assessment measures the student’s ability to think critically and requires students to identify and analyze real school district data regarding revenue and expenditures, a formula for predicting needed staffing levels and a comprehensive listing of personnel data detailing all expenditures per employee. Finally, the assessment provides students the opportunity to role play experiences one might have during a district-wide administrator meeting and during a public school board meeting by presenting their recommendations via a formal presentation with their peers serving as school board members and the professor as the school district superintendent.

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Business and Information Technology
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Rice University
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Author:
D. Michael Risen
Date Added:
01/31/2018
Repaying Your Student Loan
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Most undergraduate college students take out loans to pay for college. Consequently, most students graduate having accumulated a significant amount of debt that will need to be repaid. Repaying your student loan requires understanding about how this debt

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Business and Information Technology
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Rice University
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Author:
Ed DeShields
Date Added:
06/10/2006
Repaying Your Student Loan
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Most undergraduate college students take out loans to pay for college. Consequently, most students graduate having accumulated a significant amount of debt that will need to be repaid. Repaying your student loan requires understanding about how this debt

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Business and Information Technology
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Reading
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Rice University
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Author:
Ed DeShields
Date Added:
06/10/2006
School Finance Case Study: Dealing with a School District Budget Deficit
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This case study-based class assignment (see Appendix A) is designed as a culminating course activity through which students demonstrate not only their understanding of school finance basics but also show how to apply their knowledge to solving a problem i

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Business and Information Technology
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Case Study
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Rice University
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Author:
Thomas Kersten
Date Added:
01/29/2007
Sound, Physics and Music
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For middle school and up, a short course that explains acoustics (the physics of sound waves) as it relates to music and musical instruments. Suggestions for presenting some of the concepts to younger students are included.

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Physics
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Rice University
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Author:
Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Date Added:
01/06/2005
Taking the Mystery Out of Illinois School Finance
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Taking the Mystery Out of Illinois School Finance was written by Thomas A. Kersten, professor of Educational Leadership at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. This textbook was developed over several years and is designed to explain the key principles of Illinois school finance in a way that graduate students in educational administration programs, teachers, school board members, parents, building-level school administrators, and other interested citizens can grasp the essential content without getting bogged down in excessive financial detail. Only by understanding the basics of Illinois school finance, can school administrators, board members, and other constituents make informed decisions.

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Business and Information Technology
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Rice University
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Author:
Thomas Kersten
Date Added:
01/31/2018
Teachers Behaving Unprofessionally: Stories from Students
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In this study, the researchers analyzed stories told by students (n = 80) of their poorest K-12 teachers who behaved in an unprofessional manner. Nine dominant themes were identified: poor teaching; learning not occurring; poor communication with students; uncaring; no explanations; being overly emotional; high school teachers; off-task behaviors; and poor classroom management. Illustrative student stories were provided. Implications of these stories were discussed. This publication aligns with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISSLC) Standard 2: "An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth."

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Education
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Reading
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Rice University
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Author:
Angela M. Gibson
Jinhao Wang
John R. Slate
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Texting Over the Speaker-Air-Microphone (SAM) Channel
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Texting and instant messaging are familiar and popular communication techniques. Text messages composed of ASCII characters, with each character composed of eight bits, ultimately form a stream of bits transmitted from the source to the receiver. Normally the text message moves through a complex data network, and the user only sees the endpoints of the system. In this project, however, you will be able to follow the text message on its complete journey through a binary ASK transmitter, a speaker-air-microphone (SAM) channel, and a binary ASK receiver.

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Physical Science
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Reading
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Rice University
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Author:
Ed Doering
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Two Light Bulbs and A Battery: an Elementary Circuits Activity (Instructor Information)
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In this problem-based learning activity, students experiment with a battery and light bulbs to build your own flashlights. The purpose of the activity is to develop understanding of fundamental electrical circuit concepts, including voltage, current, and closed circuits, and to help eliminate common misconceptions. This module provides instructor information for the activity.

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Career and Technical Education
Technology and Engineering
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Reading
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Rice University
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Author:
Darryl Morrell
Date Added:
03/06/2007
A primer in MathML
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This course, as the name suggest, is intended to help authors who want to publish mathematical content on web. The emphasis here is to enable learners to quickly adapt to the extensive mathML markup language and begin writing codes even without a specialized editor, available commercially. The course is presented in the form of a tutorial, which essentially saves on unnecessary details. This tutorial is not intended currently (may be supplemented later with the help coming from others) to be a comprehensive treatment on mathML. The presentation here is restricted to areas which form the basic part of the electronic publication of mathematical content.

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Mathematics
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Provider:
Rice University
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Author:
Sunil Singh
Date Added:
04/19/2006