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Open Educational Resources: Engineering

A guide to textbooks, course materials and multimedia which are free or or low cost for educational use. These resources were created with the intention of being widely used and are legal to use in courses with proper citation.

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A First Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering -Connexions

The first three chapters of this book provide a fairly complete coverage of complex numbers, the functions ex and ejθ, and phasors. These three chapters may also be used as a supplement to a circuits course. A measured pace of presentation, taking between sixteen and eighteen lectures, is sufficient to cover all but the advanced sections in Complex Numbers through Phasors.


Louis Scharf, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Electrical and Computer Engineering

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


Basics of Fluid Mechanics  -Genick Bar-Meir, Ph. D.

This book describes the fundamentals of fluid mechanics phenomena for engineers and others. This book is designed to replace all introductory textbooks or instructor’s notes for the fluid mechanics in undergraduate classes for engineering/science students but also for technical peoples. It is hoped that the book could be used as a reference book for people who have at least some basic knowledge of science areas such as calculus, physics, etc.


Genick Bar-Meir, Ph. D.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later or Potto license.



Non-Isothermal Kinetic Methods -Edition Open Access

This methodical manual focuses on a small aspect of calculations in thermal analysis dealing with constructing kinetic models from thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry experimental data.


Igor V. Arhangel`skii

Alexander V. Dunaev

Irina V. Makarenko

Nikolay. A. Tikhonov

Andrey V. Tarasov

This publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Germany Licence.


Op Amps for Everyone  -Texas Instruments

This text in 450 pages, covers a wealth of op-amp related topics, including phyiscs, circuit theory, op-amp fundamentals, feedback and stability theory, noise theory, and design techniques. This text is full of white-paper quality diagrams as one might expect from Texas Instruments. 

This text is copyright Texas Instruments; however, it is free to be distributed without alteration. See the 'Important Notice' section for more information.


Treatise on Thermodynamics  -Dr. Max Planck

This text is a comprehensive rewrite of Planck's original scientific papers. Written with the intention of "giving at greater length, and with more detail, certain general considerations and demonstrations too concisely expressed in [the original] papers . . . The chief reason [for the rewrite] was that an opportunity was thus offered to present the entire field of Thermodynamics from a uniform point of view. This, to be sure, deprives the work of the character of an original contribution to science and stamps it rather as an introductory textbook on Thermodynamics for students who have taken elementary courses in Physics and Chemistry and are familiar with the elements of Differential and Integral Calculus."


Dr. Max Planck, Nobel Prize in Physics 1918


A Heat Transfer Textbook  -John H. Lienhard IV

This text was written with the intention of providing engineering juniors, seniors, and first-year graduate students their grounding in hear transfer - in conduction, convection, radiation, phase-change, and an introduction to the kindred subject of mass transfer.  It was designed in such a way as to accommodate differing levels of rigor depending of the instructor's preference. Care was taken to include real-world examples early in the text in order to construct a conceptual foundation on which the later more complex aspects of the text are built upon. -John H. Lienhard


Dr. John H. Lienhard IV, Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston

Dr. John H Lienhard V, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This text is licensed under copyright; however, its authors have granted permission for it to be download, and printed for personal use and for non-profit instructional use.  


Thermodynamics and Chemistry  -Howard Devore

Thermodynamics and Chemistry is designed primarily as a textbook for a one-semester course in classical chemical thermodynamics at the graduate or undergraduate level. It can also serve as a supplementary text and thermodynamics reference source.


Howard DeVoe, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License.


Operational Amplifiers: Theory and Practice  -James K. Roberge

This text is the product of evolution of a course on operational amplifiers. It became apparent to the author that the operational amplifier had value beyond that of a circuit component; it was also an excellent instructinoal vehicle.  This device supplied a reason for studying a collection of analytic and design techniques that were necessary for a thorough understanding of operational amplifiersand were also important to the general area of active circuit design. 


James K. Roberge, Electrical Engineering, MIT

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.


Engineering Thermodynamics: a Graphical Approach -Israel Urieli

This online text was designed for a two-course sequence in thermodynamics for Mechanical Engineering majors.  The book introduces thermodynamics with the First Law and its appilcation in analyzing complete ideal Stirling and air-standard engine cycles, steam power plants, and refrigeration systems.  This approach is unique in that it features pervasive use of pressure-enthalpy diagrams that enable simple visualizations of complex steam power plants, to a high degree of accuracy.  Dr. Urieli has published a paper regarding the creation and use of this book


Dr. Israel Urieli, Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.