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1 College of Engineering and Science Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science Competitive Textbooks Developed with Public Domain Authoring Tools, Or: My Fee is $10, But That’s Negotiable Bernd S. W. Schröder Program of Mathematics and Statistics Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA 71272

2 Remember Books? §Still the primary instructional resource in the sciences and engineering. §This will not change. College of Engineering and Science

3 Current texts certainly are not a total disaster, but §In some markets there is a lot of room for improvement (TIMSS) §There is disenchantment (RIPOFF 101: How the Current Practices of the Textbook Industry Drive Up the Cost of College Textbooks, www.calpirg.org/students.) §There are new companies (fountainhead press, scholarship press; MERLOT?) College of Engineering and Science

4 There are needs based on science’s nonlinear access to mathematics

5 These needs are not addressed by the traditional structure, … §Chapter 1. Introduction §Chapter 2. Limits §Chapter 3. Derivatives §Chapter 4. Integrals §Chapter 5. Application of Integrals §Chapter 6. … College of Engineering and Science

6 … but the structure of mathematics allows support

7 As a University … §… we can address the needs of science and engineering with innovative integrated curricula. §Check out Louisiana Tech’s integrated engineering and science curricula, ENGR coalitions §That leaves the need for better (and cheaper) books. §Personal focus: Precalculus through DE §Quality is #1 Concern §First Stages: Deal with Critical Parts College of Engineering and Science

8 Advantages of Single Author Development §“If one brain makes it, one brain can understand it” §Educational ideas can be put in the text without depending on artists, editors, typists, etc. §No constraints on layout etc. §If done right, it produces a text and supporting materials that make more sense, because unnecessary chaff is not produced. §NEED TOOLS College of Engineering and Science

9 The Backbone: (La)TeX, MiKTeX for this author §Full TeX, LaTeX, pdfTeX, pdfLaTeX implementation for WINDOWS College of Engineering and Science

10 Front Ends To Ease The Editing: WinEdt, TeXnicCenter §TeX is a command driven language with an edit-preview-edit cycle §Front end improves efficiency §Key features: inverse search, color coding, parenthesis matching, spell check College of Engineering and Science

11 Graphics with TeXCAD §Original in late 1980s, competitive until 2003 (!) §Graphically produces a LaTeX picture environment that seamlessly integrates into LaTeX code. §Lines, bezier splines, text, circles (what else is needed in mathematics?) College of Engineering and Science

12 Photographs: Digital Cameras, Web and Scanners §Everyday pictures for exercises and explanations §NASA and other pictures to provide context (and a bit of “gee-whiz”): space station, tug-of-war College of Engineering and Science

13 One Indispensable Commercial Tool: MathCAD §Any CAS will do, this is Tech’s choice §Makes complicated pictures §Connects to use of CAS (see “check” next slide) College of Engineering and Science

14 Nice Supporting Commercial Tool: Handwriting Fonts §Comments in margin to model scientific reading §This particular one is by VTeX Inc. College of Engineering and Science

15 Indispensable Local Resource: Devery §He’s our Office Services Manager §Prints any pdf I give him in high quality black and white (check it out at your school, our production cost: $20) §Very cooperative §Your school has one, too. College of Engineering and Science

16 Possible Dissemination to Schools with Devery §Mail CD with pdfs and support materials (MathCAD, animations, partial solutions manual, instructor’s manual); only cost encountered: <$50 §School has right to indefinitely print and sell at their book store as long as a license fee per copy is paid (like Deuce Bigalow, it’s negotiable) §School/Departments determine their own markups and production costs College of Engineering and Science

17 Dissemination to Schools with and without Devery §Contact Fountainhead Press §They print and disseminate §Currently they hold the sole right to distribute my materials, so they ultimately decide if pdfs can be mailed to printers (security issues) §But the author is not in a chokehold, because author retains the copyright §Print on demand with MERLOT marketplace? College of Engineering and Science

18 If there is something you like changed, added, removed §Talk to me directly §If it makes sense and I can do it, it goes in §No middleman §No “If we do this, then so-and-so will adopt the text” and then everyone has to swallow it §Custom rearrangement and module selection no problem College of Engineering and Science

19 Open Development Model: If you want more customization §Write your own modules or sections with my macros (will be posted on the web) §Write own activities etc. §With permission I can include these at the desired place. §Royalty situation to be negotiated. College of Engineering and Science


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