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21. Schaum's Outline of Strength of
22. Making Chair Seats from Cane,
23. The Ra Material: An Ancient Astronaut
24. The Science and Engineering of
25. Materials for Inspirational Design
26. Clinical Aspects of Dental Materials:
27. Hazardous Materials for First
28. Olin's Construction: Principles,
29. Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music:
30. Exploring Materials: Creative
31. Basic Materials in Music Theory:
32. LEED Materials: A Resource Guide
33. Building Construction: Methods
34. Hazardous Materials Incidents:
35. How to Write Fundraising Materials
36. Willem de Kooning: The Artist's
37. Statics and Mechanics of Materials
38. Making Materials Flow: A Lean
39. Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous
40. Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of

21. Schaum's Outline of Strength of Materials 4th Edition
by William A. Nash
Paperback: 432 Pages (1998-07-01)
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Asin: 0070466173
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If you want top grades and thorough understanding of strength of materials, this powerful study tool is the best tutor you can have! It takes you step-by-step through the subject and gives you accompanying related problems with fully worked solutions. You also get hundreds of additional problems to solve on your own, working at your own speed. (Answers at the back show you how youOre doing.) This superb study guide features clear explanations of the strengths of systems subject to static as well as dynamic loadings. And it's the only guide to this subject with complete programs in FORTRAN for difficult geometries of structural members, including numerical examples. It also offers simpler computer programs for less complex problems. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Schaum is Good as Always
I have always used Schaum's Outlines for classes and this one is working great. It is very helpful with useful examples and solved problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book - Better than the Combined Strengths/Statics by Nash
I obtained this text in an older edition, around 1994.Although I had a college course in strengths, I really learned what I know through using this book and working all the problems.Later I found an even older edition of the Nash book at a used bookstore.I believe the copyright for this was around 1960 +/- 5 years.So it is probably one of the oldest Schaum titles, and it is the one I found most useful in my career in structural engineering and for passing the FE and PE exams.I have not looked at any recent editions, however provided that the editors retained the Nash chapters that use classical methods for calculating axials, shears, moments, deflections and stresses, you WILL learn by going through this carefully and working the problems in the back of each chapter.At some point this book was not available, and only the combined Strengths/Statics book by Nash was offered.I have that also (an early edition) and believe that it is not quite as good as the one devoted solely to strengths (this book.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners and pros
This is an excellent book. Very well written and with very explicit examples for a beginner or a pro.
The new facts are the programs for some beams, columns and typical elements of strength of materials.
The reading is easy and the processes are very simple and the exmaples are very clear.

5-0 out of 5 stars Strength of Materials
I found the book to be very useful in that it summarizes my class textbook and offers many worked out example problems. I have since purchased Schaum's for my other classes and I find them equally useful

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written book
I have already finished courses in strength of materials etc., and am using this book as a reference, instead of those voluminous handbooks. The book is very well written and William Nash has an excellent, straightforward way of putting forth the key points. The book has all theinformation you might need for a first course in strength of materials. Ialso use this book in conjunction with a finite element text to give me thetheoretical values for comparison. In summary, if you need a solid backupfor your textbook and a useful reference, you won't go wrong with this one. ... Read more

22. Making Chair Seats from Cane, Rush and Other Natural Materials
by Ruth B. Comstock
Paperback: 48 Pages (1988-11-01)
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Asin: 0486256936
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This easy-to-follow guide contains 60 step-by-step illustrations for making seats of cane, splint, rush, rope, twine, and grass.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Manual
This manual helped us to re seat the chairs that Mother had purchased yrs ago.That means a lot to me.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I received this pamplet (not really a book). It was less instructive than I expected and didn't offer as many pictures as I had hoped for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fix your own stuff!
This was a common skill for housewives to teach their daughters. My Grandmother would fix up old chairs every spring. A good book to have if you don't know how.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seat Repair
This book is detailed so that a first timer could work there way through caning a seat if desired. I already do this type of craft but hope that others will try it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great information for rushing
This is the first rush weaving book I've read which has actually given the process for natural rush work, as well as how to use fiber rush.We will be using this as an adjunct to a video on rush weaving we have also bought to rerush our dining room chairs.

I also appreciated the other seat-weaving techniques presented.this is a fairly straightforward book which gives out good process information. ... Read more

23. The Ra Material: An Ancient Astronaut Speaks (The Law of One , No 1)
by Don Elkins, James Allen McCarty, Carla Rueckert
Paperback: 229 Pages (1984-05)
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Asin: 089865260X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Who are the ancient astronauts? Why did they first come to Earth? Why are they returning now? What part did they play in building the great monuments of antiquity? What part did they play in the formation of present and earlier civilizations? With what other beings do we share our universe? And where does the Earth fit into the cosmic scheme of things? Almost twenty years of experimental work with telepathy led to the "breakthrough" contact recorded in this book. The Ra Material is an account not only of the events leading up to this contact, but of over 200 pages of verbatim transcripts of each and every conversation! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting reading
I Thought it provide really good information about each subject. I really enjoyed reading the book. It is pretty simplified and very easy to understand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hang on you are in for a journey!
Hello all! It has been quite a while since i felt i needed to write a review. This book seems to ask most of the questions detailing the beliefs in the unknown in the UFO/Spiritual issue. If you are just beginning to take serious interests in this type genre then hang on because it is quite a bit to handle. Book II is tough to follow which I would recommend reading a second or third time since the page count is not to drawn out. As of this review i havent started Book III. Enjoy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ra -- Ba or Ka
I did like reading this book and it opens up the possibility of an an infinite universe that is uniformly sacred - one in which every speck of sand on the beach and every being is of the fabric of the creator - The Law of One - one creator that creates infinite diversity and infinite love.That all life is about growth of consciousness and compassion and a progression through incarnations back to the source of Love and Compassion.Ideas that reflect Theosophical concepts as well as Gnostic, Buddhist and Mystics world wide.

The material is channeled -- as RA is an extra -terrestrial complex who watches over this little blue planet (as well as others) and expounds the virtue of Free Will and Love, Unity and Co-creation with our fellow beings. My interest with the material was inspired by my interest in Egypt as it has become increasingly clear to me that the purity of Ancient Egyptian religion form the inner core of not only the New Testament but much of the Old and many other western esoteric traditions.What Ra suggests is that these ideas have come to us from the stars.I might add that the Egyptian hieroglyphic for teacher is in fact - a star.

We are historically at a cusp where it serves our little planet to embrace The Law of One - or we will destroy our world through corporate and personal selfish greedand excessive negativity and aggression and disrespect of the god in all living things.The book is worth the read and opens up our way of looking at the universe not as a vehicle to expand technology but as vehicle for expanded Theology.

Jane Lahr

5-0 out of 5 stars The RA Material explains everything about everything!
The RA Material explains everything about everything and even more. In reading the full series of The Law of One Books, I discovered how little I knew about life, our perceived reality and its true purpose. The material contained within this set of books answers humanity's eternal questions; questions like "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" The magnitude and brilliance of the truth revealed by The Law of One laid the foundation for the writing of my own book, "Flying Between Heaven and Earth." I wanted to offer another avenue for people to receive the messages brought to us by the RA Group through Don Elkins, Carla Rueckert, and Jim McCarty. If you really want answers, answers to questions that you could never think to ask, then you have come right place. You are in for the ride of your life with The RA Material!

Gina E. Jones
Author of "Flying Between Heaven and Earth"
Flying Between Heaven and Earth

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Reading this material made me feel like I was reading a channeling of HAL in 2001: Space Odyssey - very robotic. While I couldn't agree more with the concept of "The Law of One," this material made it sound like a science text. If you're into reading about densities, colors, and the big, bad Orions over and over again, this material is for you. If not, try better cnanneled material from Barbara Marciniak/Pleiadians, Rasha/Oneness, King/P'taah, or Sanaya Roman/Orin.

On a positive note, it was interesting to read about the Pyramids, Abe Lincoln, and Atlantis, but those were the few gems found. ... Read more

24. The Science and Engineering of Materials
by Donald R. Askeland, Pradeep P. Fulay, Wendelin J. Wright
Hardcover: 896 Pages (2010-06-21)
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Asin: 0495296023
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This text provides an understanding of the relationship between structure, processing, and properties of materials. By selecting the appropriate topics from this wealth of material, instructors can emphasize materials, provide a general overview, concentrate on mechanical behavior, or focus on physical properties. Since the book has more material than is needed for a one-semester course, students will also have a useful reference for subsequent courses in manufacturing, materials, design, or materials selection. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Textbook
I really don't understand the many negative reviews here.This textbook is for sophomore and junior engineering students, and it serves its function well.The chapter titles are:

1.Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
2.Atomic Structure
3.Atomic and Ionic Arrangements
4.Imperfections in the Atomic and Ionic Arrangements
5.Atom and Ion Movements in Materials
6.Mechanical Properties:Part One
7.Mechanical Properties:Part Two
8.Strain Hardening and Annealing
9.Principles of Solidification
10. Solid Solutions and Phase Equilibrium
11. Dispersion Strengthening and Eutectic Phase Diagrams
12. Dispersion Strengthening by Phase Transformation and Heat Treatment
13. Heat Treatment of Steels and Cast Irons
14. Nonferrous Alloys
15. Ceramic Materials
16. Polymers
17. Composites:Teamwork and Synergy in Materials
18. Construction Materials
19. Electronic Materials
20. Magnetic Materials
21. Photonic Materials
22. Thermal Properties of Materials
23. Corrosion and Wear

There are many example solved problems, which is good because there is no Schaum's Outline for Materials Science and Engineering.Each chapter has an introduction, glossary of terms, summary, and an extensive problem set, including computer projects.Thankfully, the authors focus on applications, not theory (which is often bogus anyway).

I found relatively few typos:one, a howler, is on p. 788, where the authors say "grain" where they mean "gram", and the symbol for specific heat should be in lower case, not upper case.

There are many tables and diagrams.There are answers to the odd problems, and the index is detailed.One itemmissing, however, is a list of useful references/bibliography for materials scientists and engineers. I've used the '76 Materials Engineering Selector for many years--I don't know of any more recent publications, and it would be helpful if Askeland and Phule would provide an up-to-date list of sources for materials scientists and engineers.

3-0 out of 5 stars OK Book
Pretty good coverage of material, but not written in such a manner as to keep my attention.

1-0 out of 5 stars Painful Read - Poor Presentation
The material is presented as if you already have a strong chemical background.What information is there stops short of explaining it in any type of useful manner.It certainly is not practical information.I purchased it as a Supplier Quality Engineer of Gray Iron Castings and walked away with little that I could use in the REAL world.Metallurgists that I work with confirmed this.The professor of the college course in Material Science discontinued using this book because his student were walking away with very little and he was only referring to this $180 book sporadically as to not confuse the students. Save your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars great condition and came next day!
I ordered this from Amazon because of the next day shipping option, and it was worth it because it really did come the day after I ordered it (just in time for class!).The book was brand new and still in shrink wrap.

2-0 out of 5 stars Indications of Poor Quality
Inside Front Cover:The characteristic exponent of ten for the speed of light, c, should be +8 or 8 and not -8.For the Fe-C phase diagram the labels of 'steel'and 'cast iron' on the %carbon-x-axis are reversed in position from what they should be. Polymer Chapter: 'PET' usually stands for poly-ethylene-terephthalate and not poly-ester although the first is maybe a type of the second.This might be a matter of different diciplines but 'PAN' here is said to mean poly-acrylic-nitrile while in the environmental field it means peroxy-acetyl-nitrate. ... Read more

25. Materials for Inspirational Design
by Chris Lefteri
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-01-01)
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Asin: 2940361509
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This informative and attractive book will provide education and inspiration for design professionals and students alike.

Materials for Inspirational Design provides today's designer with a myriad of material possibilities. The book introduces the properties of wood, metal, glass, ceramics and plastic, all in an informative and inspirational format. The book covers a wide range of information its inclusion of both everyday, familiar products and those that are new, exciting and unexpected.

The book is highly informative in that each application is introduced with detailed authorial comment, and numerous interviews with the designers and manufacturers are also included. The book covers a wide range of areas, exploring the application of materials in architecture, interior design, product design, furniture design, fashion and applied arts, all combined with solid technical information.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Design Students Survival Kit
I borrowed this book from one of my colleagues for a design project last year. I thought the book was so helpful that I had to buy my own copy from amazon. I helps me make the right material decision, and the pages have beautiful snapshots of material and examples of products. Also each page has a written information about the material features. The written information is easy to understand and brief.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth it!
This is a great reference book to have at hand! I truly recommend it...
Great to make material decisions...

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth the money
We bought this book and like a lot of books you buy from Amazon, it can be a case of "hope it wasn't a waste of time" - this books was not - it's awesome, an absolute win. It's so much better than I thought it would be that it makes up for the "misses" we had with other books in the same shipment. It's a great snap shot of materials, their uses, examples and even rough costs of materials. If you're a designer and are wondering what material to use, get this book, it's a great step in the right direction.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a great book
Chris Lefter did a very good job combining his previous books. If you are a product designer, this book will definately benefit your career. ... Read more

26. Clinical Aspects of Dental Materials: Theory, Practice, and Cases
by Marcia A. Gladwin, Michael Bagby
Paperback: 481 Pages (2008-03-31)
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Asin: 0781764890
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Clinical Aspects of Dental Materials provides dental hygiene students with a practical understanding of dental materials and materials science. Part I, Theoretical Perspectives, covers the basics, science, and theory of dental materials. Part II, Laboratory/Clinical Applications, relates materials science to clinical dental hygiene practice. Part III, Case Studies, presents cases that help students integrate other dental hygiene knowledge with materials science.

This Third Edition has a full-color insert containing photographs with descriptive captions. Two new chapters have been added: "Finishing and Polishing Composite Restorations" and "Tips for the New Hygienist".New review questions designed for course and national boards review have been added to Parts I and II.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Textbook
This is a well-written textbook.The information is given in a way that is easy to understand.A couple of the chapters are a little "dry", but overall it's pretty good.

5-0 out of 5 stars perfect
brand new book , cheapist price on the market even cheaper then our bookstore at our college

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook
This book is written for dental hygiene students, but it would also make an excellent undergraduate dental text. It is organized by dental application and includes laboratory exercises at the end. The format isaffordable soft cover and two-column outline text with well-chosen blackand white figures. This book is less technical than Phillips' (Skinner's)Science of Dental Materials. ... Read more

27. Hazardous Materials for First Responders
by Ifsta Committee
 Paperback: 627 Pages (2004-06)
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Asin: 0879392444
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars review hazardous materials for first responders
The response of the shipper was great.Received the book in a very timely manner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Service
The book was in pretty good shape, but the service and shipping time was excellent. Needed the book in a crunch, and it was delivered. ... Read more

28. Olin's Construction: Principles, Materials, and Methods
by H. Leslie Simmons
Hardcover: 1232 Pages (2006-11-03)
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Asin: 0471714054
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Get the industry standard?updated for a new age of construction.

For more than fifty years, Construction has been the cornerstone reference in the field for architecture and construction professionals and students. This new edition, now called Olin's Construction after its original author, is an invaluable resource that will provide in-depth coverage for decades to come. You?ll find the most up-to-date principles, materials, methods, codes, and standards used in the design and construction of contemporary residential, commercial, and institutional buildings.

Organized by the MasterFormat 2004 Edition, this edition:

  • Includes more than 1,200 informative illustrations, including 150 new images.
  • Features new information on sustainability and construction management.
  • Reflects the expanded adoption of the ICC? Codes.
  • Addresses everything from site preparation to concrete finishing, masonry design to plastic fabrications, waterproofing to sprinkler systems, air conditioning to heat conveyance.

Join the generations who have relied on this book to provide the vital descriptive information on how to design buildings, detail components, specify materials and product, and avoid common pitfalls. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Huge Savings
This book was in like new form and it saved me over a $150 from buying it in the bookstore at CSU. Fast Shipping. Great Product.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
Got here in 2 business days with expedited shipping! Brand new book just like it was described still in plastic! Fast, easy, painless transaction. GREAT!

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and Easy to Read
While very large, the book covers all details of a building from the ground up.It's very specific, but also a very easy read.It's written in clear, concise English that makes it an easy read... even though it may be a dry subject at times.For those who know nothing about construction (like myself who is just starting my architecture program) this is an ideal book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cure for Insomnia!
If you are clueless about construction, this will certainly help you learn more than you ever wanted to know. If you have been in construction, the only thing this book will help you learn is that it is heavy and hard to read in a recliner...

5-0 out of 5 stars Olins Construction Book
This was a good purchase. The book was shipped on time and packaged very well. I purchased this book as a referene and a study guide for the CPBD exam.
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29. Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music: A Programmed Course,Part 1 (10th Edition) (Pt. 1)
by Greg A. Steinke
Paperback: 408 Pages (2009-02-08)
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Asin: 0205629717
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Created for introductory courses in basic music theory and harmonic practice, this self-paced, auto-instructional text in two volumes has become a “classic” in the field. Since the students work independently through the programmed format of the text, instructors can concentrate on the more creative aspects of their course. From the wealth of clearly laid-out lessons and exercises, students receive continual feedback and reinforcement as they work through the sequence at their own pace. Also, a set of musical examples on compact discs accompanies the volumes, providing students with aural experience of tonal and harmonic material used in the text.

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1-0 out of 5 stars very disapointed
This text book looked ok at first but then it was noticed that all the quiz pages were missing! these quizzes were an integral part of this book. I did contact supplier and have not recieved a reply. I will Not use them again

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book
HarmonicMaterialsinTonalMusic isan excellentbook.Idon'tuseitasa textbook,butas a supplement. ForthisIthinkitisextremely usefulIwishthataneweditionwereavailable!

5-0 out of 5 stars A proven and practical way to get the basics on harmony quickly

I first used this book as a freshman music major at Michigan State University in 1972 and had its original author, Paul O. Harder as the lecture professor.He was a wonderful man, a fine teacher, and this text helped me get familiar with the rudiments and basic language of musical and harmonic grammar.

The way the text works is you turn to a page, cover up the column of answers, read the question and answer the question, fill in the blank, label the chords, or whatever is asked of you.You then slide down the cover and immediately see whether you were correct or wrong in your answer.The idea is that when you take very small incremental steps in such an interactive way the material becomes ingrained as you use the material as part of subsequent learning.I think it works.However, with this book you do not get a sustained treatise on musical harmony.It is a simple nuts-and-bolts method to teach you the grammar of common practice harmony and it pulls that off pretty well.

No, it doesn't deal with voice-leading in the Schenkerian or contrapuntal sense, however you do get the basics of 4 part chorale writing.But the book was never intended to be a book on voice-leading or counterpoint.

PART 1 starts with some basic definitions about music grammar, the structure of tonality, triads in root position, voice-leading triads (avoiding parallel 5ths, etc - chorale writing), triads in first and second inversion, seventh chords, phrase structure and cadences, non-harmonic tones, harmonic progression, and concludes with the technique of harmonization.All pretty basic stuff.So, if you can read music in both the treble and bass clefs, have a basic idea of what the key signatures mean, and some clue about how music notation works, you can use this book to teach yourself harmonic grammar to the point of understanding basic 4 voice chorales.Which is a pretty helpful thing to know.

PART 2 covers seventh chords and the function of the dominant seventh, non-dominant seventh chords, altered (inflected) nonharmonic tones & secondary dominants, modulation to closely related keys (yes, I know that Schenkerians become dyspeptic at this notion), borrowed chords, augmented sixth chords, the Neapolitan Sixth, altered dominants, and diminished seventh chords, chromatic third-relation harmony, modulation to foreign keys, and chords with ninths, elevenths, and thirteenths.

Each chapter ends with some mastery frames to prove that you understood what was being taught, some supplementary assignments if you want a bit more than the chapter provided, and there are four appendices.They are on chord symbols, piano styles (figurations to support melodies), Glossary of terms (very handy), orchestra chart (ranges and transpositions).There is also a bibliography for further study, and index of musical examples used in the text, a subject index, and a note about Harder and another about Steinke.

I think Steinke has done a fine job in improving the text and yet retaining its central strengths and purpose.

A solid and useful preparatory text and I recommend it for the beginning musician or anyone trying to get their hands around basic harmony and wants to learn it in a quick and practical way.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I need for Theory Class
Arrived in time and in shape for Music Theory II - who hoo!!!On with voicings and tonalities....

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
It's a good book for people who are learning for their first time, but I learned it in the context of an AP (advanced placement) Music Theory class. The first 7 or so chapters I already knew, as well as almost all of the first book (Basic Materials in Music Theory, also by Harder).

The picture at the top of the Amazon page is outdated, there is a new design for the cover.

However, there are several mistakes both in this book and the prerequisite book. The teacher's edition (actually just the same book but a few editions earlier) did not match up well with the current edition, and the changes were very, very random.

The order of things they introduce is OK but I think they skip alot of material and jump straight to four part harmonies (basically what the entire book is compounding on). For example, you learn rules of voice leading, then rules of voice leading for inverted chords, and then augmented, diminsihed, and 7 chords. Which means you basically have to go back and relearn some of the rules that don't apply anymore since you have more complicated chords. For example, if you have a triad B diminished chord, they will introduce that as a candence and then you have to later relearn it as a V7/5 first inversion (G7/5 in C) because of the perfect authentic cadence or something like that. And you have to relearn figured bass after you learn about 7 chords. ... Read more

30. Exploring Materials: Creative Design for Everyday Objects
by Inna Alesina, Ellen Lupton
Paperback: 208 Pages (2010-03-24)
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Asin: 1568987684
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Materials are like words. The richer your design vocabulary, the more distinctive the design solutions you can express. Sketching ideas with a pencil or rendering them with computer software are useful experiences, but there is no substitute for confronting physical forms and materials directly. Exploring Materials is an action-oriented, accessible guide to design thinking that addresses both the "how" and "why" of product design. In place of the abstraction of pure forms or the whimsy of virtual objects, it encourages designers to make and test real objects in a studio environment. Best-selling author Ellen Lupton (Thinking with Type) and her colleague Inna Alesina examine materials from several points of view, including traditional uses, experimental uses, techniques and directions for prototyping with everyday objects, and environmental implications. Student exercises and inspiring examples from the world of contemporary product design show readers how to use materials as tools for thinking and making.

The book opens with two extensive studies: one for a place for sitting and one for a method for carrying. By considering what is needed instead of what specific product can be made, designers examine the methodology of designing. The core of the book is a visual glossary of thirty-two materials from corrugated cardboard to molded felt to plastic film. It highlights the materials' behaviors and properties which suggest different types of structure, surface, and connection and it shows experimental uses of these materials, demonstrating how designers from around the world have exploited their characteristics in inventive ways. The book concludes with a section on making it real, moving beyond the prototype to create a product that can be manufactured and marketed. Exploring Materials contains everything designers need not only to jump-start their design process, but also to follow a project through from idea to prototype to finished object. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Material Evidence
Exploring Materials makes you want to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! This book is in the "How Stuff Works" category, helping the reader to stop taking the materials around us for granted. Design projects are presented clearly and enticingly. The art work, graphics and photos take much of the guesswork out of the picture. The introductions to every section place the materials and projects in the kind of context that gives meaning (including environmentalist meaning) to the way materials are transformed and turned into useful, as well as aesthetically pleasing objects. And the recycling angle of the book takes much of the guilt out of putting new objects into our crowded world. One finally understands what practical design is all about: a step-by-step process guided by specific goals and a thorough understanding of the way materials work. I think the authors should be congratulated on their efforts! ... Read more

31. Basic Materials in Music Theory: A Programmed Approach (12th Edition) (MyMusicTheoryKit Series)
by Greg A. Steinke, Paul O. Harder
Paperback: 408 Pages (2009-02-08)
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Asin: 0205654207
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This classic, self-paced, auto-instructional introduction to music fundamentals allows students to work independently through a programmed format, allowing instructors to concentrate on the more creative aspects of their course.  Basic Materials of music: time and sound; notation of pitch; time classification, note and rest values; time signatures; intervals; basic scales; major scales; minor scales; key signatures; triads. For music theory students.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Basic Materials of Musicby Paul Harder
I was one of the "guinea pigs" for this book when I was a freshman at Michigan State University. I liked it then and bought it for my son who is now a sophomore in high school. Dr. Harder was our teacher and was excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars music book
the book came quickly and was in condition described... very useful...good purchase...would order from company again

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music Book
I purchased this book not long ago, so I have not read it completely. But I can ensure any one that it is a great music theory book to learn the escencial and fundamentals of the music from scrash. It gives the nature of every single element used in music.

It is an expensive book, because it comes with a CD also. But it is worthful.

4-0 out of 5 stars I feel smarter already, but.....

This is a wonderful book to guide me in learning the vocabulary of music, it arrived in good time from the seller, but it was not mentioned that there is a CD to assist with ear training that goes with it. This is still a great book without the CD, but there would be an added benefit if I could get the sound to go along with the book.

This book starts with the most basic information and builds, yet it doesn't make me feel like I am wasting my time on insubstantial baby dribble. Well done!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best program for self-teaching music theory
I used this text in university music classes in the late 1970's.It is STILL the very best, most logical and systematic music theory program I have seen.However, many people don't understand what a "programed course" really is.Programed learning is a way of self-instruction - you must cover the answers and be honest with yourself.It has now evolved into many of our computer-based instruction courses, where the next screen of the computer gives you the correct answer. ... Read more

32. LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building
by Ari Meisel
Paperback: 224 Pages (2010-03-03)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since its launch in 1993 by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program has become the standard measure of sustainability for buildings worldwide. Successfully reaching one of four LEED certification levels—Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum—requires specific point totals, which differ among building types. Getting certified, in addition to altruistic benefits, allows building owners to take advantage of a growing number of state and local government incentives. The menu of potential points available for various practices ranges from installing bike racks on-site to documenting the source of the iron ore used in any construction steel. As any architect or developer can attest, navigating this complex system of required prerequisites and credits can be maddening. It may be good to be green, but it's still far from easy.

An architect's knowledge of materials can make or break a building's rating. Though LEED's performance-based criteria exclude individual materials and products from earning points toward certification, their specific use can. Apply a material in the wrong situation and you may not get credit for it. Fortunately, with a little insider knowledge, you can also use one material to get credit in two, three, or even more areas. LEED Materials is packed with critical information on nearly two hundred materials, products, and services. Organized in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat—industry standard in building contracts—this highly visual guide makes sure your material choices and uses will maximize your LEED credits. LEED Materials includes a foreword by Steven Winter, former chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Offers nearly 200 materials, products and services 'green' architects will need to know about
LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building is a 'must' for any architecture collection, especially those concerned with green building techniques. It offers a materials-based approach to sustainable design and offers nearly 200 materials, products and services 'green' architects will need to know about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book for the experienced green builder
This book is very well organized and provides an extensive list of a variety of materials that builders can choose from in their developments. It is details and specific and helps one find proper solutions that are inexpensive in building green. Ari Meisel did the work of simplifying LEED solutions into an easy organized simple easy-to-use resource. Whether you're an experienced builder or someone looking to learn how to build, this book is an invaluable guide in helping you do so.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very helpful Tool!
I am a dual degree college student who is about ready to go for my Green Exam, this book was not only helpful for school projects, reports, and documentation, it has helped me study for my exam by knowing how LEED uses these materials and what points are awarded. I cannot say enough great things about this book, I encourage anyone who is remotely interested in Green building materials or LEED to buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great resource that is well structured.
I purchased this book two weeks ago and I feel it demonstrates, better than any other resource book I have read, the new technologies that can help make one's home or other structure more energy efficient and earth friendly.And the author did a great job presenting the information in a non-intimidating manner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun, informative a must for every home owner or architect or apartment dweller..
Being a lanlord and owning a house in Connecticut that is over 100 years old having tenants always trying to keep things nice to keep a quality tenant make things different and cost effective. I found this book helpful,innovative and great for anyone either living in a tiny apartment or in a big house. Recycling the trash and making it a treasure is my favorite part. If only everyone was that creative. Great...Great... book!

It will save you time and money
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33. Building Construction: Methods and Materials for the Fire Service
by Michael L. Smith
Paperback: 240 Pages (2007-02-11)
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Author Mike Smith has extensive knowledge and experience in both the fire service and construction industries, this text emphasizes the impact that an understanding of the principles of building construction has on firefighting strategy. It explains building materials and processes that are involved in the construction of structures and provides students with the knowledge required to operate safely and effectively within residential or commercial buildings. Discussions of actual incidents experienced by the author and case studies containing critical thinking questions give students a better understanding of what to expect in the field.



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1-0 out of 5 stars There are much better options.
This text is absolutely terrible. There are a great number of contradictions, and untrue statements. I realize that this is a first edition, but I can not believe that any knowlegeable fire service personnel reviewed this book before it was published. The IFSTA 2nd edition or Brannigan's 4th edition are both much better choices. To the fire chiefs out there that are choosing books for promotional exams: Do not choose this one! I couldn't wait to get to the end. The trouble is, now I have to go back and try to make sense of the many contradictions and mistakes. The worst part is that a great deal of basic and important information that should have been included was left out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mike has written a very detailed book on building construction.
A very detailed and exhaustive text on building construction.This book goes a long way to bring all aspects into play so the firefighter can understand building construction very well....I am still in the process of finishing the book but it appears to be very good.

5-0 out of 5 stars ...Wow!!!
Being a firefighter involves a pretty wide range of "Knowledges". Nobody could say that they know everything or else that they are self-confident 100% in each areas of "Knowledges". For my part, building construction was (and is still!) an area that I have to study hard. This book, is an excellent tool. Even if my primary spoken language is french (I sure have some basis in english...), I can say that I have improved my knowledge of building construction with the help of that great book! ... Read more

34. Hazardous Materials Incidents: Surviving the Initial Response
by Steven DeLisi
Paperback: 310 Pages (2006-07-24)
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First responders who arrive on scene of a hazardous materials incident may be assigned to an engine, ladder truck, rescue, or ambulance with very little sophisticated HAZMAT equipment.Despite these limitations, their actions during the initial response will often set the stage for the success or failure of the entire event.

Many incidents start out as minor “routine” events that suddenly escalate when something goes terribly wrong.Perhaps first responders did not anticipate the involvement of hazardous materials in a response to a rear-end collision involving two passenger vehicles, an EMS call at a residence for difficulty breathing, or a trash fire.That is until it was too late!

First responders, despite their best intentions, can quickly become part of any hazardous materials problem.The results can be first responders who are killed or seriously injured, or those who suffer devastating illnesses years after exposure to a hazardous material.

Even if you have hours of training on hazardous materials response, this book will provide every reader with…

• Practical advice based on the real-life experiences of first responders

• A one-stop source on topics such as atmospheric monitors and class B foam

• Steps to managing “routine” incidents to prevent them from becoming disasters

• Limitations of federal hazardous materials regulations you need to know

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35. How to Write Fundraising Materials That Raise More Money: The Art, the Science, the Secrets
by Tom Ahern
Paperback: 187 Pages (2007-02-15)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Keep this book close by - you'll return to it again and again
Great book! It was easy to read through, but also easy to look up essential information later. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow...Fundraisers need this book!
Although I have listened to Tom make presentations, he goes so fast that you forget some of the "secrets" of fundraising he mentions. This book is full of those ideas and is a great way to remember what he said. However, anyone reading it will find it easy to read, very practical, and more than helpful. Now...to go do what he suggests!

5-0 out of 5 stars Concise Tips for Persuasive Fundraising
I have always been inspired by Tom.Never have I read a better, more helpful and concise book.It is a joy to read and you will definitely benefit both personally and professionally from the tips that he shares.If you ever get to see a presentation by Tom in person, RUN (don't walk) to your seat in the lecture hall. His tips are practical, entertaining and based in science and experience.Thank you Tom for your contributions to our profession.

4-0 out of 5 stars How to write fundraising materials that raises more money
generally, it's a well taught and expounded book that very few books explain so very clearly in detail. as someone involved in raising money and promoting our non-profit, social work I am tremenously blessed and have my mind renewed and informed with fresh perspectives.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read and jam-packed with essential information
I could not put Tom's book down and read it in a night. There are some many great tips and insights -- I will not write another thing without this book at my side! ... Read more

36. Willem de Kooning: The Artist's Materials
by Susan F. Lake
Paperback: 112 Pages (2010-09-28)
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This in-depth study of the paintings of Willem de Kooning (1904–1997) from the 1940s through the 1970s breaks new ground in its analysis of the artist’s working methods and yields new information about previously unreported materials. De Kooning’s idiosyncratic working methods have long engendered intense speculation and debate among conservators and art historians, primarily on the basis of visual inspection and anecdotal accounts rather than rigorous technical analysis. This is the first systematic study of de Kooning’s creative process to use comprehensive scientific examinations of the artist’s pigments, binders, and supports to inform art historical interpretations, thereby presenting a key to the complicated evolution of the artist’s work.

Written for conservation scientists, conservators, specialists in modern art history, museum curators, and practicing artists, this book offers insights into the way an artist can achieve radical changes in style. The technical discussions will have practical applications for conservators, curators, collections managers, and collectors who care for twentieth-century art.

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37. Statics and Mechanics of Materials (3rd Edition)
by Russell C. Hibbeler
Hardcover: 896 Pages (2010-08-02)
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Statics and Mechanics of Materials, 3/e is ideal for introductory combined Statics and Mechanics of Materials courses found in ME, CE, AE, and Engineering Mechanics departments.

A comprehensive and well-illustrated introduction to the theory and application of statics and mechanics of materials. The text presents a commitment to the development of student problem-solving skills and features many pedagogical aids unique to Hibbeler texts. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE modern classic textbook for mechanical engineering
What more can be said. One of the few required engineering textbooks that is worth the price of admission.

4-0 out of 5 stars good transaction
I can not complain about the transaction. The book came as described by the seller, anddelivered in decent time period. I will recommend him/her to any friend
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4-0 out of 5 stars Text Review
This textbook contains a lot of good examples that are very helpful in solving the homework questions. The only thing I do not like is that I have found quite a few numerical errors for the price.
Overall, it is worth the investment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Textbook
I bought this book about 4 months ago for my Statics class at university.The book is well organized and the concepts as well as the examples are easy to follow.I have found it to be a very good reference especially if one is learning some of the concepts mentioned in the book from scratch.There is a sufficient number of examples and problems for one to digest the material.

On the downside, the book does not have the feel of a general purpose reference book and should be regarded as a textbook that is to be followed in order to learn the material inside.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book to learn
Statics and Mechanics of Materials by R.C.HIBBELER

Statics: 1) General Principles 2) Force Vectors 3) Force System Resultants 4) Equilibrium 5) Structural Analysis 6) Geometric Properties and Distributed Loadings 7) Internal Loadings

Mechanics of Materials: 8) Stress and Strain 9) Mechanical Properties of Materials 10) Axial Load 11) Torsion 12) Bending 13) Transverse Shear 14) Combined Loadings 15) Stress and Strain Transformations 16) Design of Beams 17) Buckling of Columns

My Comment About The Book: I think this is one of the best books interested in statics and mechanics. You can learn all subjects easyly and you can see lots of applications with very good examples. If you really want to learn buy it! ... Read more

38. Making Materials Flow: A Lean Material-Handling Guide for Operations, Production-Control, and Engineering Professionals
by Rick Harris, Chris Harris, Earl Wilson
Spiral-bound: 93 Pages (2003-09)
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Making Materials Flow describes in plain language another step in implementing a complete lean business system.

LEI's first workbook, Learning to See, focused on where to start — at the value stream for each product family within your facilities.

Seeing the Whole then expanded the value stream map beyond facility walls, all the way from raw materials to customer.

After mapping has identified waste and potential applications of flow and pull, you can use the techniques in Creating Continuous Flow to implement truly continuous flow in cellularized operations.

Making Materials Flow takes the next step by explaining how to supply purchased parts to the value stream in order to support continuous flow.

"Companies are making progress in creating areas of continuous flow as more managers learn about value-stream mapping and continuous-flow cells," said co-author Rick Harris, who also co-authored the Creating Continuous Flow workbook. "But as I walk through facilities and examine earnest efforts to create continuous flow, I see how hard it is to sustain steady output. The problem often is the lack of a lean material-handling system for purchased parts to support continuous-flow cells, small-batch processing, and traditional assembly lines."

Making Materials Flow explains in plain language how to create such a system by applying the relevant concepts and methods in a step-by-step progression. The workbook reveals the exercises, formulas, standards, and forms that a consultant would use to implement the system in your environment. And, like LEI's other workbooks, Making Materials Flow answers the key question managers often have about lean tools and concepts, "What do I do on Monday morning to implement this?" The four key steps detailed in the workbook include:

1. Developing the Plan For Every Part (PFEP). This basic database fosters accurate and controlled inventory reduction and is the foundation for the continuous improvement of a facility's material-handling system.

2. Building the purchased-parts market. Learn the formulas and methods to size and operate a market that eliminates the waste of hoarding, searching for parts, and storing inventory throughout a facility.

3. Designing delivery routes.You get the principles and calculations that turn a sprawling, messy plant into an organized community where operators get the parts they need, when needed, and in the quantity needed, delivered right to their fingertips. Proper delivery routes not only improve inventory and flow but also safety and housekeeping.

4. Implementing pull signals to integrate the new material-handling system with the information management system. Learn the steps to creating a system that keeps inventory under control by allowing operators to pull just what they need while focusing on producing value for customers. You'll also learn how to calculate the number of pull signals needed and how often to deliver material.

Finally, you'll learn how to sustain and continuously improving the system by implementing periodic audits of the material-handling system across the chain of management, from route operator to plant manager. You'll learn the five-step process for introducing audits of the market, routes, and pull signals by a cross-functional team from production control, operations, and industrial engineering.

Harris and co-authors Chris Harris and Earl Wilson lead you through 10 simple but pragmatic questions that show how a manufacturing facility implements a robust but flexible lean material-handling system for purchased parts:

The Plan For Every Part (PFEP)

1. What information should you include in the PFEP?

2. How will you maintain the integrity of the PFEP?

Developing a Purchased-Parts Market

3. Where do you locate your purchased-parts market?

4. What is the correct size for your purchased-parts market, and what is the correct amount of each part to hold in the market?

5. How do you operate your purchased-parts market?

Designing the Delivery Route and the Information Management System

6. How do you convey parts from the purchased-parts market to the production areas?

7. How do your production areas signal the purchased-parts market what to deliver and when?

8. How do you fill the delivery route?

Sustaining and Improving

9. How can you sustain the performance of your lean material-handling system?

10. How can you identify and remove additional waste?

An appendix explores how to adapt the key principles of lean material-handling to more complex environments, such as incorporating work-in-process (WIP) markets into the system for purchased parts, adding delivery routes from production cells to a finished-goods market, and applying the system to low-volume, high-mix processes.

Making Materials Flow will benefit lean leaders, managers, and executives in production control, operations, and engineering who have at least a basic knowledge of lean concepts such as value-stream mapping, cell design, and standard work. The 93-page workbook contains more than 50 illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars How to "Never Run Out of Parts in Production" Ever Again
Ask the operators in most companies, "Do you ever run out of materials?", and the answer is "All the time."But if you ask this same question to a company that implements the 1-hour delivery system described in MAKING MATERIALS FLOW, the answer is "Never!"This workbook is an excellent resource for setting up a PFEP (Plan For Every Part), creating a parts supermarket, and establishing a delivery system. When I was a Lean Manager in Corning, I first used this material delivery system with manufacturing cells that assembled telephone network interface devices (that plastic box mounted on the side of your house where your phone line enters).By eliminating material shortages that frequently plagued these lines (stopping hundreds of employees' work), we saved over $500,000 annually.

I was also fortunate to attend Rick Harris' workshop for MAKING MATERIALS FLOW; this is one of my favorite Lean books, and one of my most enjoyable tools of the trade; if you want to end the stagnation between your production processes, I highly recommend reading this book (along with CREATING CONTINUOUS FLOW -- Mike Rother and Rick Harris) and putting the concepts into practice.The Lean Enterprise Institute's workbooks are top-notch, and they have definitely helped me become a Lean expert.

Sam Frazier
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3-0 out of 5 stars Short on info for plants that also fabricate components
While this book does a good job of defining how to improve efficiency and delivery performance through improvements in material transfer in an assembly area, it completely ignores plants that must juggle fabrication along with assembly....which is a substantial number of U.S. Plants.Understand that this book is premised on the Toyota Production System, and automotive plants generally assemble purchased components into a final assembled product.Things like engine assembly area often done elsewhere.Fab and assembly in the same building poses a different set of problems and opportunities. ... Read more

39. Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials
by Rosalind Wiseman
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2010-01-12)
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Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama.

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex–best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.

Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.

Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Review from So Many Books, So Little Time
This book was just ehh for me.I enjoy reading YA, but this book was a little too young and immature for my liking.I think maybe if I was a freshman, I might enjoy it more, but as an adult, I just didn't get much out of it.

While I liked the girl characters in the story (Sydney was my favorite by far), I could not stand any of the guys.Not even Will.None of them had any redeeming factors to me and they all seemed liked jerks.Okay, I take that back.Michael seemed nice.But the rest (Matt, Dylan, Will, Tyler) were just awful.

The only parts of the story I really liked were when they talked about watching Mean Girls (which is funny since the movie is based off of one of the author's books) and when they talked about fantasy football (random, I know).

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book on teen situations.
Rosalind Wiseman, whose acclaimed book Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence was the inspiration for the movies Mean Girls, knows about high school students as this books deals with many different issues all relating to things teenagers deal with often.

Charlie Healey comes to Harmony Falls High School hoping for a new, fresh start. During middle school she was friends with girls that were stuck up, popular, and mean, which resulted in all of them getting in trouble. Charlie joins the school newspaper and befriends with the other freshman (who, coincidentally, is the girl her middle school friends caused trouble for.)

This books deals with hazing and the measures people will do to fit in. Will, Charlie's old neighbor friend whom she sees again on the first day of school, makes the varsity soccer team as a freshman and all of the underclassmen must do outrageous things to please the upperclassmen players. Wiseman does a fantastic job at writing about the seriousness of hazing, peer pressure, and staying true to yourself.

Sometimes I felt that the book was predictable, however the writing was good and that made up for it. I'm glad that Charlie stayed true to herself and the friendship with the other girls was nice to read about! Looking forward to more YA books by this author.

3-0 out of 5 stars review from One Book At A Time [...]
I liked this book, it just felt like the intended audience was a little younger than I was expecting.The main character is a freshman in high school so I'm not sure why I was expecting a little bit more mature YA.I liked Charlie though.She's just learning who she is and how not to let people walk over her.I thought she was very brave for going to a brand new school to try and overcome what happened in the past.She handled herself extremely well for the situations she was put in.She didn't compromise herself to fit in with the "it" crowd.I liked her group of friends.They provided the comic and occasionally the voice of reason.I also felt like they acted their age.I was happy to see her make friends with someone she unintentionally hurt in the past.I did feel it was a little predictable, but not enough to make me feel like putting the book down.It had just enough drama and surprises to keep the story going.I'm intrigued to read the author's book that is the basis for the movie Mean Girls.

3-0 out of 5 stars hazardous...not in a good way
Its no secret that Hazardous Materials is pretty universally acclaimed. Everyone seems to have loved the pants off it, which lead to some purdy high expectations from myself. So I'm kind of dissapointed.

Y'see, I expected more from the women responsible for the One True Teen Movie, Mean Girls. I expected dialogue that would blow me away and characters that jumped off the page and a sense of rightness, that this is that one voice, that one author who still remembers being a teenager. Buts thats not what I got. Yeah, it wasn't horrible. But it was missing something.

The plot involves Charlotte "Charlie" Healey, fresh on her first day of freshman year after having transferred from her old middle school to escape the web of frenemies she had formed.

Right away she meets some unusually friendly people, such as Sydney and Michael (kudos to Wiseman for putting a black kid in there!), but then theres also Will, ex-neighbor with whom she shares some sort of History. But thats one thing, right? She hasn't seen the kid in years. He doesn't know enough to ruin her fresh start, right?

Except she goes out for the school paper. And she sees Nidhi. And it all kind of goes to hell.

I think my main issue with Hazardous Materials is that I never for a moment thought I knew any of these people. Maybe I could generously say I knew of these people, in theory, but if you want me to be completly honest (which I usually am), there it is. Maybe its because I'm in a pretty thick haze during school hours, but none of the characters struck me as real. Everyone spoke with a lot of explanation! points! and in this overtly friendly way that only adults would think we talk like.

Charlie met her friends way.too.easily. I cannot stress this enough. No one gets that damn friendly that fast. It doesn't happen. Especially considering Charlie is a supposedly world-wary teenager. Theres supposed to be this whole process, you know? You happen to sit next to someone (no, they don't invite you unless they're trying to make someone jealous), you exchange some clever banter about that one teachers mustache or something. You happen to walk side-by-side out of the room and find you have your next class together. You spend the next several days sizing each other up and trying to decipher whether or not the others likely to dump you for greener pastures. Its a thing thats been going on since we got our lockers in sixth grade and if it became that easy all of a sudden, I would've gotten a memo.

But this is all relative. I don't know how things are in other schools. For all I know, to someone, somewhere, this book is their soul on ink and paper. For all I know this is some kids biography. I don't know. But this is how I feel.

If there's only one thing I enjoyed about this book, its Wiseman's ability to cover all the Main Issues of High School in less then three hundred pages in a relative easy manner. It was optimistic at the end, leaving room to remind the reader that, yes, in this book these things are huge. To you they may be huge. But remember, seriously, that it is only four years. It'll be over soon enough.

Rating: 7 out of 10--leaning back towards a 6

4-0 out of 5 stars Warm and Fuzzy
It was pretty much your typical teen book. Charlie actually thought leaving her old neighborhood jr. high and the drama along with it would make her life easier. Little does she know drama is everywhere, no matter what school you go to. In the beginning things were really looking up for her. She started to get new friends and started her own column in the school newspaper. Unfortunately the past has a way of catching up to us. She comes face to face with her ex-friends; some gladly welcomed and others not.

There's a little bit of everything in this book as far as teen dramas go. Romance, frenemies, and bullies. Charlie learned that things like that are everywhere so eventually she stops running from these things and stands up for herself. She refuses to be pushed around any longer. Soon the time comes for her to decide between what's right and wrong even when sometimes doing what's right can hurt friendships. This book is what I call "warm and fuzzy" lol. It's not dark, and no it doesn't make your pulse quicken, but it does make you get that warm and fuzzy feeling inside when you read it because it's what you hope for and expect.
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40. Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment
Paperback: 251 Pages (2010-02-03)
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Since the 2006 publication of his best-selling first volume of Transmaterial, author Blaine Brownell has become the undisputed master of new materials, inspiring architects and designers looking to transform the structure, spaces, and surfaces of their projects with the latest high-tech and environmentally friendly products. The third volume in the critically acclaimed series presents over two hundred emergent materials, products, and systems that have significant potential to transform the constructed world. Transmaterial 3 provides a broad synopsis of the state of technological advances in materials today with a special emphasis on new developments in the field of biopolymers and various agriculturally derived products; biomimetic products, systems, and processes that seek to emulate natural examples including low-embodied-energy and biochemically manufactured products; "grown" materials; nanoscale marvels; renewable energy technologies; "second-life" materials derived from repurposed waste; and responsive, interactive, and transformational digital interfaces that harness pervasive communication networks and are powered by low-energy illumination sources. An excellent ideas generator, Transmaterial 3 is an indispensable tool for any architect or designer looking to keep up with the current trends in the field of materials. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Transmaterial 3
Loved it . I have Transmaterial one and two and look forward to the next. This is a very useful book as I am a designer and reference this often.

5-0 out of 5 stars a series not to be missed
This is the third edition of Transmaterial and we are happy to own so far all of them. It gives a brief insight of architectural research and materiality with a lot of chance for actual use on projects. We so much appreciate Blaine Brownell's work who I got to know once personally - a true intellectual with a strong vision. Go on, Blaine, and give us more of this!

5-0 out of 5 stars The latest in a line of great books
The latest edition of the Transmaterial series does not depart from the style or content of the two previous volumes - if you like them, you will enjoy this one. As before, new materials and applications of those materials are organized by material type in one-page summaries. I enjoy this approach, and enjoy the fact that I never know what I'll find on the next page.

Two minor criticisms of this approach - the Transmaterial series does not differentiate between "starting materials" that are a fundamental part of something built, and "finished goods" which are commercial applications of many different parts. Sometimes this book feels like a reference guide, and sometimes like a product catalog. I'd like to see materials broken down by the degree of "rawness" vs. finished polish.

A second minor criticism is that the author solicits product submissions for consideration for inclusion in the book. While his judgement is very good, I find that several companies have multiple entries in the book in which the core technology is identical in several different "market ready" products. This reflects that innovative companies find multiple uses for their technology, all of which are original and imaginative. Still, this gives the book the feel that it is disporportionately weighting certain companies - perhaps unwittingly favoring them. It's a subtle bias that I don't object to, but I'd like to bring it to attention.

I hope the author continues the work and play evident in this volume, and in the future expands to touch on more of the "unsung heros" of the material world. ... Read more

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