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Chemistry LibreTexts

1.1: Project Organization

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  • The Libretexts consists of 12 field specific libraries and a Spanish library. For each of these libraries  content in the Libretexts is organized in the following sections (which may not be fully implemented in each constituent librarian of the project the chemistry library is most developed).

    Campus Courses

    The content in this section is formulated as campus-dependent and faculty-dependent textbooks. They are customized by faculty, often in collaboration with developers on the LibreTexts team and may include content from any other sections of the Libretexts libraries (both within and outside of the respective library that is resides).


    Figure: For the student, the course LibreText is the “decoder” to the 25,000 pages of content in the libraries


    This is where the Libretexts books are stored. Instructors can use these books as is or use the Remixer to create their own customized book for their course.  Some of the books are labled "book" and some "map". The "books"  are original OER textbooks while "Maps" are books that are constructed and organized around existing textbooks using OER content. The principal goal of the textmaps is to provide an easily to adopt alternative to faculty’s existing textbook choices. 


    Screenshot from  the "bookshelf" section of Libretexts

    Figure \ref \(\PageIndex{1}\): Example of a textbook map (left) and an original book in the bookshelves. 

    Homework Exercises

    This is where we organize our homework exercises and solutions. A faculty only section may exist that is accessible to faculty only for use in homework and exams.

    Ancillary Materials

    This section contains all materials that isn't books or homework. This includes:

    • Worksheets: The LibreTexts worksheets are documents with questions or exercises for students to complete and record answers and are intended to help a student become proficient in a particular skill that was taught to them in class.
    • Exemplars and Case Studies: Exemplars are subject-specific examples that illustrate specific concepts. Students can choose from a wide variety of “exemplars”—subject-specific examples that illustrate each concept. Exemplars are arranged in “tracks” that run through the entire course. One track contains most of the topics and concepts included in a typical general chemistry course; topics are arranged by headings similar to textbook chapter titles and subheadings similar to textbook chapter sections.
    • Visualization: These are interactive web-based tutorials and simulations that take advantage of computational resources of an online resource. This involve other active feedback simulations including virtual laboratories, tutorials, and real-time concept tests.
    • References: Tables of constants typically found in textbook appendices or reference books are found in this section.
    • Laboratories Experiments and Demonstrations: These are traditional experimental write-ups and demonstrations to increase student attention and engagement in class.