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  • The Manga Guide to Statistics

    Shin Takahashi, Co Ltd Trend

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Nov. 15, 2008)
    Think you can't have fun learning statistics? Think again.The Manga Guide to Statistics will teach you everything you need to know about this essential discipline, while entertaining you at the same time. With its unique combination of Japanese-style comics called manga and serious educational content, the EduManga format is already a hit in Japan.In The Manga Guide to Statistics, our heroine Rui is determined to learn about statistics to impress the dreamy Mr. Igarashi and begs her father for a tutor. Soon she's spending her Saturdays with geeky, bespectacled Mr. Yamamoto, who patiently teaches her all about the fundamentals of statistics: topics like data categorization, averages, graphing, and standard deviation.After all her studying, Rui is confident in her knowledge of statistics, including complex concepts like probability, coefficients of correlation, hypothesis tests, and tests of independence. But is it enough to impress her dream guy? Or maybe there's someone better, right in front of her?Reluctant statistics students of all ages will enjoy learning along with Rui in this charming, easy-to-read guide, which uses real-world examples like teen magazine quizzes, bowling games, test scores, and ramen noodle prices. Examples, exercises, and answer keys help you follow along and check your work. An appendix showing how to perform statistics calculations in Microsoft Excel makes it easy to put Rui's lessons into practice.This EduManga book is a translation from a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan.
  • The Manga Guide to Databases

    Mana Takahashi, Shoko Azuma, Co Ltd Trend

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Jan. 15, 2009)
    Want to learn about databases without the tedium? With its unique combination of Japanese-style comics and serious educational content, The Manga Guide to Databases is just the book for you.Princess Ruruna is stressed out. With the king and queen away, she has to manage the Kingdom of Kod's humongous fruit-selling empire. Overseas departments, scads of inventory, conflicting prices, and so many customers! It's all such a confusing mess. But a mysterious book and a helpful fairy promise to solve her organizational problems—with the practical magic of databases.In The Manga Guide to Databases, Tico the fairy teaches the Princess how to simplify her data management. We follow along as they design a relational database, understand the entity-relationship model, perform basic database operations, and delve into more advanced topics. Once the Princess is familiar with transactions and basic SQL statements, she can keep her data timely and accurate for the entire kingdom. Finally, Tico explains ways to make the database more efficient and secure, and they discuss methods for concurrency and replication.Examples and exercises (with answer keys) help you learn, and an appendix of frequently used SQL statements gives the tools you need to create and maintain full-featured databases.(Of course, it wouldn't be a royal kingdom without some drama, so read on to find out who gets the girl—the arrogant prince or the humble servant.)This EduManga book is a translation of a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan.
  • The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology

    Masaharu Takemura, Sakura, Becom Co. Ltd.

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Aug. 1, 2009)
    Rin and Ami have been skipping molecular biology class all semester, and Professor Moro has had enough—he's sentencing them to summer school on his private island. But they're in store for a special lesson. Using Dr. Moro's virtual reality machine to travel inside the human body, they'll get a close-up look at the fascinating world of molecular biology.Join them in The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology, and learn all about DNA, RNA, proteins, amino acids, and more. Along the way, you'll see chemical reactions first-hand and meet entertaining characters like Enzyme Man and Drinkzilla, who show how the liver metabolizes alcohol.Together with Ami and Rin, you'll learn all about:–The organelles and proteins inside cells, and how they support cellular functions–The processes of transcription and translation, and your genes' role in synthesizing proteins–The pieces that make up our genetic code, like nucleotides, codons, introns, and exons–The processes of DNA replication, mitosis and cytokinesis–Genetic technology like transduction and cloning, and the role of molecular biology in medicineWhether you need a molecular biology refresher or you're just fascinated by the science of life, The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology will give you a uniquely fun and informative introduction.
  • The Manga Guide to Physics

    Hideo Nitta, Keita Takatsu, Co Ltd Trend

    Paperback (No Starch Press, May 1, 2009)
    Megumi is an all-star athlete, but she's a failure when it comes to physics class. And she can't concentrate on her tennis matches when she's worried about the questions she missed on the big test! Luckily for her, she befriends Ryota, a patient physics geek who uses real-world examples to help her understand classical mechanics—and improve her tennis game in the process!In The Manga Guide to Physics, you'll follow alongside Megumi as she learns about the physics of everyday objects like roller skates, slingshots, braking cars, and tennis serves. In no time, you'll master tough concepts like momentum and impulse, parabolic motion, and the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration.You'll also learn how to:–Apply Newton's three laws of motion to real-life problems–Determine how objects will move after a collision–Draw vector diagrams and simplify complex problems using trigonometry–Calculate how an object's kinetic energy changes as its potential energy increasesIf you're mystified by the basics of physics or you just need a refresher, The Manga Guide to Physics will get you up to speed in a lively, quirky, and practical way.
  • The Manga Guide to Electricity

    Kazuhiro Fujitaki, Matsuda, Co Ltd Trend

    Paperback (No Starch Press, March 1, 2009)
    Rereko is just your average high-school girl from Electopia, the land of electricity, but she's totally failed her final electricity exam! Now she has to go to summer school on Earth. And this time, she has to pass.Luckily, her ever-patient tutor Hikaru is there to help. Join them in the pages of The Manga Guide to Electricity as Rereko examines everyday electrical devices like flashlights, heaters, and circuit breakers, and learns the meaning of abstract concepts like voltage, potential, current, resistance, conductivity, and electrostatic force.The real-world examples that you'll find in The Manga Guide to Electricity will teach you:–What electricity is, how it works, how it's created, and how it can be used–The relationship between voltage, current, and resistance (Ohm's law)–Key electrical concepts like inductance and capacitance–How complicated components like transformers, semiconductors, diodes, and transistors work–How electricity produces heat and the relationship between current and magnetic fieldsIf thinking about how electricity works really fries your brain, let The Manga Guide to Electricity teach you all things electrical in a shockingly fun way.
  • The Manga Guide to the Universe

    Kenji Ishikawa, Kiyoshi Kawabata, Yutaka Hiiragi, Verte Corp Verte

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Aug. 1, 2011)
    Join Kanna, Kanta, Yamane, and Gloria in The Manga Guide to the Universe as they explore our solar system, the Milky Way, and faraway galaxies in search of the universe's greatest mysteries: dark matter, cosmic expansion, and the Big Bang itself. As you rocket across the night sky, you'll become acquainted with modern astronomy and astrophysics, as well as the classical discoveries and theories on which they're built. You'll even learn why some scientists believe finding extraterrestrial life is inevitable! You'll also learn about: Discoveries made by Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Hubble, and other seminal astronomers Theories of the universe's origins, evolution, and geometry The ways you can measure and observe heavenly bodies with different telescopes, and how astronomers calculate distances in space Stellar classifications and how the temperature, size, and magnitude of a star are related Cosmic background radiation, what the WMAP satellite discovered, and scientists' predictions for the future of the universe So dust off your flight suit and take a fantastic voyage through the cosmos in The Manga Guide to the Universe.
  • The Manga Guide to Microprocessors

    Michio Shibuya, Takashi Tonagi, Office Sawa

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Aug. 29, 2017)
    Ayumi is a world-class shogi (Japanese chess) player who can’t be beaten—that is, until she loses to a powerful computer called the Shooting Star. Ayumi vows to find out everything she can about her new nemesis. Lucky for her, Yuu Kano, the genius programmer behind the Shooting Star, is willing to teach her all about the inner workings of the microprocessor—the “brain” inside all computers, phones, and gadgets. Follow along with Ayumi in The Manga Guide to Microprocessors and you’ll learn about:-How the CPU processes information and makes decision-How computers perform arithmetic operations and store information-logic gates and how they’re used in integrated circuits-the Key components of modern computers, including registers, GPUs, and RAM-Assembly language and how it differs from high-level programming languagesWhether you’re a computer science student or just want to understand the power of microprocessors, you’ll find what you need to know in The Manga Guide to Microprocessors.
  • The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis

    Shin Takahashi, Iroha Inoue, Co Ltd Trend

    Paperback (No Starch Press, May 1, 2016)
    Like a lot of people, Miu has had trouble learning regression analysis. But with new motivation—in the form of a handsome but shy customer—and the help of her brilliant café coworker Risa, she’s determined to master it.Follow along with Miu and Risa in The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis as they calculate the effect of temperature on iced tea orders, predict bakery revenues, and work out the probability of cake sales with simple, multiple, and logistic regression analysis. You’ll get a refresher in basic concepts like matrix equations, inverse functions, logarithms, and differentiation before diving into the hard stuff. Learn how to:–Calculate the regression equation–Check the accuracy of your equation with the correlation coefficient–Perform hypothesis tests and analysis of variance, and calculate confidence intervals–Make predictions using odds ratios and prediction intervals–Verify the validity of your analysis with diagnostic checks–Perform chi-squared tests and F-tests to check the goodness of fitWhether you’re learning regression analysis for the first time or have just never managed to get your head around it, The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis makes mastering this tricky technique straightforward and fun.
  • The Manga Guide to Physiology

    Etsuro Tanaka, Keiko Koyama, Becom Co. Ltd.

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Nov. 1, 2015)
    Student nurse Kumiko has just flunked her physiology exam and has one last shot at passing her makeup test. Lucky for her, newbie health science professor Kaisei needs a guinea pig for his physiology lectures.Join Kumiko in The Manga Guide to Physiology as she examines the inner workings of the body while training hard for the campus marathon. You’ll learn all about:–How the digestive system and the Citric Acid Cycle break food down into nutrients and energy–How the body regulates temperature and vital fluids–The body’s powerful cell defense system, led by helper T cells and enforced by macrophages–The architecture of the central nervous system–The kidneys’ many talents: blood filtration, homeostasis, and energy productionYou’ll also gain insight into medical procedures like electrocardiograms, blood pressure tests, spirograms, and more.Whether you’re cramming for a test like Kumiko or just want a refresher, The Manga Guide to Physiology is your fun, cartoon guide to the human body.
  • Drawing Manga Faces and Bodies

    Anna Southgate, Yishan Li

    Paperback (Rosen Central, Dec. 15, 2012)
    There is no doubt about it. Manga and anime have gone from a Japanese art style to a cultural phenomenon. A break down of the art of manga is provided, giving the artist the opportunity to master it piece by piece. The text focuses on the mastery of drawing faces and bodies. With step-by-step instructions and great tips on the best tools of the trade, aspiring artists will be drawing manga in no time.
  • Drawing Manga Men

    Anna Southgate, Yishan Li

    Paperback (Rosen Central, Dec. 15, 2012)
    Mangathe term for Japanese-style comicshas become incredibly popular all over the world, and many fans of this exciting art form are inspired to create manga of their own. With color illustrations and step-by-step details, the author provides expert instruction in drawing male characters that pop, including techniques for drawing male faces, hair, bodies, and clothing in the manga style. This title is perfect for teens with an aptitude for art, a love of action-packed comics and graphic novels, or an interest in cutting-edge pop culture.
  • Drawing Manga Women

    Anna Southgate, Yishan Li

    Paperback (Rosen Central, Dec. 15, 2012)
    Manga and anime are a modern art phenomenon that shows no signs of slowing down. It's no wonder that many young artists are aspiring to draw in the manga style. The text focuses on the art of drawing manga women and girlsteaching readers how to create a fun and feminine face, age a character, or make her look young and innocent.