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Introduction

This unit provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural and psychological change, and opened up new horizons and possibilities. In fact, while much controversy and scepticism remain as to the real extent of underlying change in the social and economic structure of France, it is generally agreed by scholars that the Revolution stimulated a widening of expectations and imaginative awareness: a belief, inherited
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Learning to learn: Planning for personal change
This free course, Learning to learn: Planning for personal change, explores academic theories and acts as a guide to help you establish where you want to go and what you want to achieve. You are encouraged to develop a personal Action Plan. The focus returns to your own viewpoint and you are encouraged to change or modify how you think about using Learning to learn. The course also looks at how online learning communities can be used as part of the process of learning and personal change. PLEAS
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Columns: Experimenting with Paper Cups
Columns, vertical structural elements that are strong in compression, are good at propping things up. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, the cast uses paper cups to illustrate what makes columns strong and why they sometimes collapse. By filling the cups with sand, they also show that even hollow columns of a weak material like paper can be made surprisingly strong. Closed captioning included.  Run time 03:03.
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After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain why modelling plays a key role in eliciting requirements

  • identify the different kinds of model used in eliciting requirements

  • explain the need for modelling languages

  • interpret a data flow diagram describing a simple process

  • interpret a use case diagram describing a system's response to a business event.


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1.7 Babylonian mathematical style

Not only should you have learnt through this exercise more about the Babylonian mathematical style, but also, on another level, you should have gained more experience in the endeavour of trying to understand past mathematics. The model that we have been trying out can be characterised thus: use any means, any symbolism or notation that occurs to you, to find your way into the problem, then check rigorously to see how much of your new understanding is more a projection backwards from your own
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2 How should we think of monotremes?

This section contains the first of the activities, Activity 1. If possible, you should do each activity as you come to it; the text that follows
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5.4 Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy. There are no internationally agreed threshold blood glucose levels used to diagnose gestational diabetes. However, there is a trend towards using the IGT (impaired glucose tolerance) test criteria (see Section 4). Studies are ongoing to decide what threshold level is important i
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Capoeira Facts : History of Capoeira
The history of capoeira begins with Afro-Brazilian slaves that needed to disguise self-defense training with graceful, dance-like moves. Understand how capoeira came to be. Run time 01:56.
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Virtual yeast cell
This rich learning object is used to introduce yeast cytology to students taking Module D24BS3 Brewery Yeast Management as part of the MSc in Brewing Science. The virtual cell permits the students to understand structure and function of yeast organelles.
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Formative Assessment: Benefits and Strategies for Using
This video features a teacher defining formative assessment, discussing types of formative assessment, and benefits of formative assessment. In contrast to end of unit tests, etc.,formative assessments are on-going.  Exit tickets and individual dry erase boards are explained as methods of formative assessment.  Student growth as been proven to increase with use of formative assessment. ( 10:00)
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Early Career Learning - the LiNEA project. Interim report for Engineering
This interim report is based on data obtained from recently graduated engineers about their learning and development in their first full-time jobs. It covers the first two years of a four-year project, and its main themes have been selected in order to facilitate the next ‘action’ phase of the research. The focus is on the graduate engineers’ learning, and the factors that may affect the speed at which expertise develops. We have identified some areas where adjustments could be made to imp
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1.3: Summing vectors given in geometric form

The following activity illustrates how the conversion processes outlined in the preceding sections may come in useful. If two vectors are given in geometric form, and their sum is sought in the same form, one approach is to convert each of the vectors into component form, add their corresponding components, and then convert the sum back to geometric form.

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Waarom hoor je de zee in een schelp?

Plaats je een schelp tegen je oor dan werkt er ondertussen aan de buitenzijde van de schelp omgevingsgeluid op in. Hierbij worden bepaalde frequenties weggefilterd, afhankelijk van de vorm en het formaat van de &hellip
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An introduction to biological systematics
This free course, An introduction to biological systematics, is concerned with macroevolution the patterns and processes of evolution above the species level. A crucial consideration in macroevolutionary studies is that of the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) of the organisms in question. The course begins with an introduction to the scope of macroevolutionary studies and illustrates methods of reconstructing phylogeny, from both morphological and molecular data.
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Teachers as researchers and teachers as software developers: how use-case analysis helps build bette
A series of government initiatives has raised both the profile of ICT in the curriculum and the expectation that high quality teaching and learning resources will be accessible across electronic networks. In order for e-learning resources such as websites to have the maximum educational impact, teachers need to be involved in their design and development. Use-case analysis provides a means of defining user requirements and other constraints in such a way that software developers can produce e-le
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After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the key points of the waterfall model applied to database development

  • appreciate the roles of various development artefacts, such as the data requirements document, conceptual data model and such like used to communicate between activities in the database development life cycle

  • communicate effectively about aspects of the development of databases.


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5 Further resources

School governance: making it better (OFSTED 2001) (Downloadable as a pdf file from OFSTED's website)

Sallis, J. (2000) ‘Real involvement in decisions, Basics for School Governors, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, Redwood Books, Chapter 5.

Click on the link below to read 'Real involvement in decisions' taken from J Sallis Basics for school governors

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1.4 Converting ratios from fractions to decimals

Although ratios are often given as fractions, they can also be expressed as decimals. You need to deal with a mixture of fractions and decimals, and to compare ratios given in either form, so you need to be able to convert between the two forms.

Example 4

The ratio of the circ
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Fat Chance - Course Trailer
Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning 14. Fat Chance -- Joseph D. Harris (Mathematics)
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1.6.3 Niacin (vitamin B3 )

Niacin, which comprises two compounds, nicotinic acid and nicotinamide, also occurs widely in food and is added to many breakfast cereals. It is easily absorbed into the blood from the digestive system and plays a vital role in energy production in cells. It appears to reduce the levels of low density lipoproteins or LDLs in the blood and increase high density lipoproteins or HDLs, perhaps by affecting the proteins that carry the fats. This is important because LDLs are a way of transporting
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