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The purpose of this discipline specific page is to showcase content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive. The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that is not already listed here.
Open Stax - Chemistry
"Chemistry is designed for the two-semester general chemistry course. For many students, this course provides the foundation to a career in chemistry, while for others, this may be their only college-level science course."
Boundless - Chemistry
Online open textbook on a variety of introductory chemistry topics.
Chemical Principles, 3rd Edition
A CalTech title, this is an introductory college-level text for General Chemistry
Concept Development Studies in Chemistry
Written by John Hutchinson of Rice University, this resource is an on-line textbook for an Introductory General Chemistry course.
OpenStax CNX - Chemistry
Close to fifty open textbooks on topics related to chemistry.
Introduction to Chemistry
David W. Ball of Cleveland State University brings his new survey of general chemistry text, Introductory Chemistry. This book is intended for one-semester introductory or preparatory chemistry course. Throughout the chapters, David presents two features that reinforce the theme of the textbook that chemistry is everywhere.
Wikibooks is for textbooks,annotated texts, instructional guides, and manuals. These materials can be used in the traditional classroom.
Chem I Virtual Textbook (CC-BY-NC)
The Chem1 Virtual Textbook is a free resource aimed mainly at the first-year university level. It offers a more comprehensive, organized, and measured approach than is found in most standard textbooks. Although directed mainly at the first-year college level,is is also helpful as review material for students in more advanced courses in chemistry, and in biology, geology, and engineering.
It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Concept Development Studies in Chemistry
Concept Development Studies in Chemistry is written with two benefits to the reader in mind. First, by constructing each significant concept through observation and critical reasoning, you will gain a much deeper understanding of that concept. In addition to knowing how to work with a model, you will have both an understanding of why the model is believable and an appreciation of the essential beauty of the model. It will make sense to you in your own terms. Second, the reasoning required to understand these concept development studies will enhance your development of critical, analytical thinking, a skill which is most important to success in Science.
The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.
Merlot II: Chemistry
MERLOT is a collection of online resources curated by a community of faculty, staff, and students of higher education. This subset of the MERLOT collection features openly licensed textbooks for use by students and faculty. MERLOT allows its users to rate materials and comment on specific resources.