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  • Philosopher’s Index. Bowling Green: Philosophy Documentation Center, 1967–.Provides abstracts of articles from over 400 philosophy journals as well as anthologies and books published from 1940 to the present. The index is available in print and electronic formats.

  • BioethicsWeb guide to reputable Web resources on topics such as genetically modified food, medical ethics, cloning, stem cell research, and animal welfare. Based in the UK, this site is supported by the Wellcome Trust, a nonprofit organization that funds research into human and animal health, and is part of the Resource Discovery Network.
  • Contemporary Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Thought compilation of Web-based sources on postmodernism, including important philosophers, background information, and primary texts. The site was created by Martin Ryder of the University of Colorado at Denver.
  • Ethics Updatehttp://ethics.acusd.eduProvides bibliographic essays and links to content on ethics theory, teaching and learning, and applied ethics topics such as euthanasia, animal rights, bioethics, and world hunger. The site includes audio and video files as well as textual information. Edited by Lawrence W. Hinman at the Values Institute, University of San Diego.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophyhttp://plato.stanford.eduOffers authoritative articles that are updated to reflect changes in the field. Entries are kept current by experts in philosophy and reviewed by an editorial board, based at the Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University. Because the project is a work in progress, some topics are not yet covered.
  • World Wide Web Virtual Library: Philosophy at the University of Bristol in the UK, this site offers a database-driven, annotated listing of reputable Web sites in philosophy. Those of special note are marked “Editor’s Choice.”

  • Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Ed. Ruth Chadwick. 4 vols. San Diego: Academic Press, 1998.Provides lengthy, scholarly discussions of the ethical aspects of issues such as affirmative action, animal rights, and genetic screening as well as contemporary views on theories of humanism, hedonism, and utilitarianism.
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Ed. Warren T. Reich. Rev. ed. 5 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1995.Covers issues and controversies in bioethics in lengthy, scholarly articles, each accompanied by a bibliography of key sources. Because bioethics is a rapidly changing field, some of the information may be out of date; be sure to check current sources as well.
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ed. Paul Edwards. 8 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1967–. With supplement.Offers articles on movements, concepts, and philosophers. Though dated, this work is both scholarly and accessible, so it provides a good starting place for research, particularly on traditional and classical philosophers. For more contemporary approaches, see the Routledge Encyclopedia, at the end of this section.
  • Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy. By Simon Blackburn. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.Offers succinct definitions of terms in philosophy, primarily Western, and biographical entries on individual philosophers.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 10 vols. London: Routledge, 1998.The most important current encyclopedia of the field, this work extends the classic Encyclopedia of Philosophy by adding both new topics and approaches to philosophy and also by including new approaches and new research on classical philosophy. New areas covered include philosophical approaches based on feminism, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, and postmodernism. Some libraries may subscribe to an online version of this work.

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    Seneca College – Canada

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    The mission of Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is to contribute to the Canadian society by being a transformational leader in providing students with career-related education and training. Seneca College has approximately 90,000 part-time and 17,000 full-time students.
    The College is a place of opportunities, to make goals a reality. Students can choose from more than 260 careers and receive the academic foundation, workplace experience and practical training needed to succeed. The College also offers co-operative education programs that allow students to gain real work experience.
    Seneca College is dedicated to meeting the ever-changing needs of students. This ensures that the curriculum remains relevant for present careers. The College has transfer agreements with educational institutions across Canada and around the globe. Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology has a dedicated faculty and staff, as well as facilities and…

    Jane Campus
    Main Campus
    At the Jane Campus / Centre for New Technologies students are registered in pre-apprenticeship programs for Tool and Die Maker, Precision Machining and Mould Maker trades. Seneca College’s online store allows students to purchase goods without having to wait in line at one of the campus bookstores. This online store has items from all Seneca stores, including the computer store. Students can have purchases sent directly to them or they can pick them up in one of the stores….

    Other Campuses:

    King Campus
    Newnham Campus
    Seneca@York Campus
    Markham Campus


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    Faculty Strike Questions & Answers

    Faculty Strike Questions (Q & A)

    1. Will there be a strike?

    No one can say for sure whether or not there will be a strike.  Three out of four times since the 1970’s strike votes have resulted in settlements without a strike.  In 2004, settlement was reached on the eve of a strike.  In 2006, there was a strike over workload issues.

    2. How long will a strike last?

    There have been three strikes – October 1984, October 1989, and March 2006.  All three lasted about 3 weeks.  No one can say for sure how long a strike will last.  The Colleges and their bargaining team chair have announced that colleges are making plans to make up for lost teaching weeks should there be a strike. It is extremely difficult to believe that the colleges or the provincial government would allow a labour dispute to cause nearly 250,000 college students to lose their year.

    4. What will it take to get a settlement? And will Faculty get a settlement?

    The critical issues are workload and the implementation of the 2009 Workload Task Force Report.  The colleges have alleged that the union is seeking a 2 teaching hour reduction per week. THERE IS NO SUCH DEMAND.  Neither is there any demand that would lead to this result.  Other issues exist but are less contentious and should be resolvable.  Those are in compensation and gains for partial-load teachers.

    The Task Force Report was unanimously agreed to in March 2009.  Nonetheless, the Colleges negotiators have refused to accept several of the key recommendations.  The union has accepted all the recommendations.

    The assertions of the colleges regarding “affordability” are bargaining rhetoric not grounded in the available data.  The real costs of the union demands are well within the colleges funding mandate.  The factors blocking a settlement are not fiscal but issues of academic control.

    The union proposals are reasonable, common in many other post-secondary systems including community colleges, cost-neutral, and most importantly of all, recommended by a Task Force chaired by an independent observer who studied our workload system in depth.

    Settlement depends on the Colleges’ willingness to live up to the unanimous Task Force Report findings and recommendations.

    5. When can faculty expect a vote on the offer?

    The Colleges can take a vote on their offer at any time.  The union has invited them to do so on more than one occasion.

    The union will conduct a ratification vote when it believes that the offer will be acceptable to the membership.

    Several Colleges have announced that day programs will NOT continue during a strike or lockout.

    9.  Can Faculty picket and teach without disadvantaging students?

    In the event of a strike, the faculty would be expected to honour the picket line and this includes ending activity such as that described. Should the employee do this work on their own, they would not be paid by the college and they would not receive strike pay. They would be considered “strikebreakers” in accordance with the OPSEU policy. Strikebreaking only prolongs a strike and creates unhealthy and unwelcome labour and interpersonal relations.

    10. What will happen if there are both full-time faculty and part-timers in a program and management decides to keep the program open even if full-time faculty go on strike?

    This is a provincial action.  If Faculty go on strike, it will affect all colleges in Ontario.  There are hundreds of programs, some taught predominantly by part-time teachers, others by full-time teachers.  Many programs must meet provincial, industrial or university requirements and standards.  While it is true some courses could be taught successfully by part-timers, the majority of college programs cannot meet all the requirements to graduate their students. In the past, students did not show up if they could not get their full curriculum.

    Significant gains in quality have come because faculty took action, including strike votes and even strikes when necessary. This is no different.  Colleges today deliver better quality because of the workload formula which was won though a strike in 1984 and a “yes” vote without a strike in the very next round of bargaining.

    The 2009 Task Force Report made recommendations to maintain and enhance quality.  That is what this is all about.

    Current students may not feel that diminished quality, but future students will be affected. Faculty need to think hard about whether they are prepared to fight this or sanction the destruction of quality.

    Management can prevent a strike by bargaining in good faith. It is unfair to put the entire burden of responsibility on faculty.

    If there is a strike, all bargaining unit members, including faculty who are coordinators, will be on strike.

    14.  We have a lot of second career students and they are asking our faculty to not go on strike because they will not be able to support their families.   Faculty may feel obliged not to strike. What will happen to them if they continue to work?

    Nearly all students are concerned about the effect of a strike on their studies. No student has lost their year in the past due to strike action at the colleges.  If a faculty member continues to teach during a strike it is strikebreaking.  There are sanctions which OPSEU may impose.  Those are defined in answer to another question.

    Strikebreaking will prolong the strike and disadvantage faculty and students.

    15. If faculty are on strike can they continue to work with students on the web-based system? What about non-teaching work?

    If Faculty are on strike all faculty work ceases until the resumption of work.  Doing work on-line or in any other way, whether that is teaching or other duties, is strike breaking.

    If a strike is necessary, all faculty work ceases.  To continue to teach during a strike is strike breaking.  The College Collective Bargaining Act sets the conditions for faculty who ask to work during a strike. The OPSEU constitution states that all earnings from the employer during a strike become union dues payable

    18. What is the official position on teachers having contact with students during the strike period?

    Contact with students is fine if it is limited to matters unrelated to your courses or the student’s academic performance, or counseling.  Updates on bargaining are perfectly fine during any strike.  If there is a strike, faculty will not be working, they will be on strike.

    19. I heard a Faculty member talking to a group of students. He told them that some faculty at the College plan to continue to teach if there is a strike. Is OPSEU going to make a statement about crossing the picket line?

    Definitely.  OPSEU will advise faculty of the OPSEU policy on strikebreaking.

    Union dues for persons working a struck employer are 100% of earnings. Strikebreakers risk being expelled from union membership.

    Crossing the line will only prolong a strike.  The majority of faculty have voted and spoken.  No one is obliged to take part in any strike duties, but to violate the will and the wishes of the majority of voters is anti-democratic.

    22. I heard that the earliest we would go on strike is Feb 15th. Why would we start a strike on Family Day? Wouldn’t the college be glad not to have to pay us?

    A strike date has not been scheduled.  February 15 is not an option: the union would never begin a strike on a statutory holiday.  February 15 has been suggested by management at some colleges.

    23. Why would we go on strike during study week when many faculty have no classes?

    Study week varies from college to college, as early as the week of February 15 and as late as the week of March 15.  A strike date has not been set, but should it be necessary to set a date, the union will give consideration to all the variables.

    25. What happens to someone like me, who is retiring within the next five years if we strike?  Who tops up–the college or the union for the part of the pension payment that is not mine?

    Pension is calculated on your best 60 months of earnings, usually your last five years.  The pension plans allow employees to make up – “buy back” – for lost earnings due to a strike or lockout.  Top ups typically are the responsibility of the faculty member.  Several of the local unions have a fund to top up pension contributions by paying the employer’s 50% share.  The buy-back must be made before retirement.

    There is no strike date set and the desire of the faculty bargaining team is to reach a negotiated settlement.

    There have been 3 strikes in the past, October 84, October 89, and March 2006. Each lasted about 3 weeks. While no one can predict the future with absolute certainty, it is extremely difficult to see how the colleges or the Minister could justify allowing nearly 250,000 students to lose their entire year.

    35. Why don’t we have ONE college go on strike and pay the faculty their full salaries by getting money from OPSEU and the colleges that are still open?

    Should it be necessary to go on strike, all possible scenarios will be considered so as not to disadvantage one faculty member at the expense of advantaging others.  The purpose of a strike is to get to a resolution.  For that reason, it is best to put as much pressure on the employer and the government as possible.

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    Open Source 3-D Printer Turns Designs Into Objects

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    Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr checks out MakerBot‘s Cupcake CNC 3-D Printer. Using PLA, ABS, or HDPE plastic, this open source, $950 kit allows the user to fabricate small objects of virtually any shape.

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    Mathematics: Trigonometric Tables

    Mathematics: Trigonometric Tables

    PI = 3.141592… (approximately 3.1428)
    radians = degress x PI / 180 (deg to rad conversion)
    degress = radians x 180 / PI (rad to deg conversion)
    Rad Deg Sin Cos Tan Csc Sec Cot
    .0000 00 .0000 1.0000 .0000 —– 1.0000 —– 90 1.5707
    .0175 01 .0175 .9998 .0175 57.2987 1.0002 57.2900 89 1.5533
    .0349 02 .0349 .9994 .0349 28.6537 1.0006 28.6363 88 1.5359
    .0524 03 .0523 .9986 .0524 19.1073 1.0014 19.0811 87 1.5184
    .0698 04 .0698 .9976 .0699 14.3356 1.0024 14.3007 86 1.5010
    .0873 05 .0872 .9962 .0875 11.4737 1.0038 11.4301 85 1.4835
    .1047 06 .1045 .9945 .1051 9.5668 1.0055 9.5144 84 1.4661
    .1222 07 .1219 .9925 .1228 8.2055 1.0075 8.1443 83 1.4486
    .1396 08 .1392 .9903 .1405 7.1853 1.0098 7.1154 82 1.4312
    .1571 09 .1564 .9877 .1584 6.3925 1.0125 6.3138 81 1.4137
    .1745 10 .1736 .9848 .1763 5.7588 1.0154 5.6713 80 1.3953
    .1920 11 .1908 .9816 .1944 5.2408 1.0187 5.1446 79 1.3788
    .2094 12 .2079 .9781 .2126 4.8097 1.0223 4.7046 78 1.3614
    .2269 13 .2250 .9744 .2309 4.4454 1.0263 4.3315 77 1.3439
    .2443 14 .2419 .9703 .2493 4.1336 1.0306 4.0108 76 1.3265
    .2618 15 .2588 .9659 .2679 3.8637 1.0353 3.7321 75 1.3090
    .2793 16 .2756 .9613 .2867 3.6280 1.0403 3.4874 74 1.2915
    .2967 17 .2924 .9563 .3057 3.4203 1.0457 3.2709 73 1.2741
    .3142 18 .3090 .9511 .3249 3.2361 1.0515 3.0777 72 1.2566
    .3316 19 .3256 .9455 .3443 3.0716 1.0576 2.9042 71 1.2392
    .3491 20 .3420 .9397 .3640 2.9238 1.0642 2.7475 70 1.2217
    .3665 21 .3584 .9336 .3839 2.7904 1.0711 2.6051 69 1.2043
    .3840 22 .3746 .9272 .4040 2.6695 1.0785 2.4751 68 1.1868
    .4014 23 .3907 .9205 .4245 2.5593 1.0864 2.3559 67 1.1694
    .4189 24 .4067 .9135 .4452 2.4586 1.0946 2.2460 66 1.1519
    .4363 25 .4226 .9063 .4663 2.3662 1.1034 2.1445 65 1.1345
    .4538 26 .4384 .8988 .4877 2.2812 1.1126 2.0503 64 1.1170
    .4712 27 .4540 .8910 .5095 2.2027 1.1223 1.9626 63 1.0996
    .4887 28 .4695 .8829 .5317 2.1301 1.1326 1.8807 62 1.0821
    .5061 29 .4848 .8746 .5543 2.0627 1.1434 1.8040 61 1.0647
    .5236 30 .5000 .8660 .5774 2.0000 1.1547 1.7321 60 1.0472
    .5411 31 .5150 .8572 .6009 1.9416 1.1666 1.6643 59 1.0297
    .5585 32 .5299 .8480 .6249 1.8871 1.1792 1.6003 58 1.0123
    .5760 33 .5446 .8387 .6494 1.8361 1.1924 1.5399 57 .9948
    .5934 34 .5592 .8290 .6745 1.7883 1.2062 1.4826 56 .9774
    .6109 35 .5736 .8192 .7002 1.7434 1.2208 1.4281 55 .9599
    .6283 36 .5878 .8090 .7265 1.7013 1.2361 1.3764 54 .9425
    .6458 37 .6018 .7986 .7536 1.6616 1.2521 1.3270 53 .9250
    .6632 38 .6157 .7880 .7813 1.6243 1.2690 1.2799 52 .9076
    .6807 39 .6293 .7771 .8098 1.5890 1.2868 1.2349 51 .8901
    .6981 40 .6428 .7660 .8391 1.5557 1.3054 1.1918 50 .8727
    .7156 41 .6561 .7547 .8693 1.5243 1.3250 1.1504 49 .8552
    .7330 42 .6691 .7431 .9004 1.4945 1.3456 1.1106 48 .8378
    .7505 43 .6820 .7314 .9325 1.4663 1.3673 1.0724 47 .8203
    .7679 44 .6947 .7193 .9657 1.4396 1.3902 1.0355 46 .8029
    .7854 45 .7071 .7071 1.0000 1.4142 1.4142 1.0000 45 .7854
    Cos Sin Cot Sec Csc Tan Deg Rad
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    Use AutoCAD 2010

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    Since Conversion from “Autocad 2009 to Autocad 2010” … may not always open, work and/ or load correctly. use AutoCAD 2010

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