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OpenStax College is a publishing unit at Rice University, backed by multiple foundations and donors. They’re “committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. Our free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course”. They aim to have course books available for the 12 largest enrollment courses in the U.S. by 2015. Their books have been adopted by several U.S. institutions.


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  • Psychology
  • History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Statistics


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  • Books

How may I use this material?

Textbook content produced by OpenStax College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 or 4.0 License. You and your students may use all the materials for free, and you may potentially alter the materials to fit your course. This differs between books, however, so contact OpenStax directly with any such questions at OpenStax also welcomes suggestions that may improve their books, and chances are you might notice you suggestions in newer editions.