What Drives Profits?

The economic and business community constantly attempts to forecast the effects of various economic changes and government policies on corporate profits. But both the cause and effect of increasing profits are other than what most people imagine. It will therefore be helpful to gain a concrete understanding of what profits do and do not represent.[1]


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2.1.3 Doing
How do we learn? Understanding ‘how’ is the key to learning more effectively. This unit looks at the three main categories of theories: the acquisitive, constructivist and experiential models of learning. There is no right way to learn but developing an active approach will ensure that you are open to new ideas.
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2.1 Using poetry: exercise
In this unit we will consider how language can be used in different ways for different purposes. To do this we will use the theme of memorial and commemoration. In the first section we briefly discuss the life of the poet Siegfried Sassoon before examining both his poetry and prose. Through this we will see how he conveys meaning in different ways for different audiences using different forms. Following this we discuss more generally how different meanings can be conveyed using prose and poetic
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8.7.1 Summing up
Sunset Song was written in the early 1930s and is still one of the best-known and most-debated Scottish novels. In this unit, we discuss whether Sunset Song succeeds as critique of capitalism and whether it has value as a work of literature separate from its propagandistic ambitions.
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5.2 From social construction to social constructionism

The notion of social construction, we have argued, is fundamental to a social science approach to the analysis of social problems. However, some authors have developed the notion further into a more focused perspective, which may be called social constructionism. This perspective starts by emphasising one essential feature of human societies – the role of language. In human societies, action is preceded by understanding and intention. We intend our actions to have meaningful outcomes
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The Magician's Catapult
In this activity, students reinforce their understanding of compound machines by building a catapult. This compound machine consists of a lever and a wheel-and-axel. Catapults have been designed by engineers for a variety of purposes from lifting boulders into the air for warfare to human beings for entertainment; the projectiles in this activity are grapes for a magic act. Given the building materials, students design and build their catapult to launch a grape a certain distance.
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A problem that arises in positioning an articulated figures is the solution of 3D joint positions (kinematics), when joint angles are given. If more than one such goal is to be achieved, the problem is often solved interactively by positioning or solving one component of the linkage, then adjusting another, then redoing the first, and so on. This iterative process is slow and tedious. The authors present a method that automatically solves multiple simultaneous joint position goals. The user inte
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4.1 Introduction

Personal computers, or PCs, are very versatile computers and can perform a huge range of tasks. So whereas the uses of the kitchen scales and the digital camera indicate clearly what types of data are to be represented, the PC leaves the field very broad indeed. I have therefore chosen to consider some of the data representations used when families and friends use emails to keep in touch. Very conveniently, these lead to some different data representations.

At their simplest, emails are
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Harvard Professors Gary King and Stuart Shieber provide advice to graduate students about open access, dissertations, and journal publishing, and answer the questions: * What is open access? * How can it help your career as a scholar? * Should dissertations be made open access? * If your dissertation is publicly available, won’t someone steal your ideas? * Can you negotiate with publishers to make your articles open access? To read open Harvard scholarship, visit http://dash.harvard.edu. To
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This video explains how the remote control was invented and its impact on society and how problems were overcome. A good video to show students that good ideas can be improved upon and also an essay on whether it was go good idea.
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In the second of a two-part series, Dr. Robert Putnam explains the "Aunt Susan" phenomenon, and he and Dr. Joseph Daniels discuss how Americans have been shifting their religious affiliations to align with their political beliefs.
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This video discusses how to use the toolbar to edit the music track that you put under the interview for your podcast.  Again, save, save, save with different names so you can go back to a previous version if you make a mistake. (5:09)
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