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Buy Instructor Edition Textbook

kinglinkinglin Registered User Posts: 2,296 Senior Member
edited March 2012 in College Life
I was looking at buying my Statistics book online and noticed someone selling the instructors edition.

The seller says "Instructor's edition w/sidenotes but page number and work problems and its page numbers are identical to student. I used it as a students for 1 semester. still in Good condition. no writings or highlightings. Copy of CD is included with this. Will ship within the same or next business day.:

Should I buy that version, or just buy the student edition?
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Replies to: Buy Instructor Edition Textbook

  • bigreddawgiebigreddawgie Registered User Posts: 2,157 Senior Member
    of course buy the teachers version if its the same price
  • quitejadedquitejaded Registered User Posts: 1,816 Senior Member
    I would. Do it.
  • kinglinkinglin Registered User Posts: 2,296 Senior Member
    It's for a Statistics class, and the book is about $30 cheaper buy using the Instructor's edition. Do you think it would provide all of the answers and not just the odds?
  • inspiration08inspiration08 Registered User Posts: 341 Member
    yeah, teacher's editions provide all the answers
  • OKgirlOKgirl Registered User Posts: 2,134 Senior Member
    the only problem is that sometimes the text is smaller and harder to read
  • BeefBeef - Posts: 429 Member
    The text is smaller because Instruction Editions usually have margins where they write all the teacher notes, but good lighting and reading glasses should fix that!
  • apumicapumic Registered User Posts: 1,529 Senior Member
    I hate to rain on your parade, but just remember that using any teacher's edition is probably in violation of your school's honor code and could get you in a lot of trouble. Ultimately, though, if you use it to cheat, you're really only cheating yourself out of an education... Just remember that if you choose to look at the test bank on that CD or take advantage of the answers in the back of the book such that you are at an advantage over other students and get caught, you could fail the course automatically, get suspended or expelled w/o the opportunity for readmission (which usually makes other schools far less likely to admit you as well), or even have your degree revoked after you graduate! ...
  • BeefBeef - Posts: 429 Member
    I wasn't aware that you could "cheat" with a teacher's book, seeing as I've never owned one. If the book contains test answers or anything like that, I agree with apumic. Honesty pays off in the end.
  • ParadyciaParadycia Registered User Posts: 389 Member
    Buying an instructor's edition is not a violation of an honor code...it isn't cheating because it would only help you study more, as most teacher's make their own tests. Besides, you're supposed to check your homework before you go to class...don't you do that with your regular student edition? Maybe it's different throughout the university system, but all of my first semester teachers told us to get the Instructor's edition if we could..especially my Precalculus teacher, because it meant that he would have more time to spend teaching and less time going over answers from the homework that weren't in the book.
  • apumicapumic Registered User Posts: 1,529 Senior Member
    if a prof actually suggests buying the instructor edition then you're safe, but if you do it and a prof sees it or hears about it and reports you to the chair, dean, or provost, you're going to have some serious difficulty getting them to believe you're an honest student. at minimum, get to know your university's culture first before you do something like that. I'm pretty sure that where I go to school, it would be considered a major breach of our academic integrity policy.
  • OKgirlOKgirl Registered User Posts: 2,134 Senior Member
    They also sell solution manuels for most of the courses that require calculation. The thing I love about the solution manuel is that it usually shows you how to work the problem.

    My theory is: If they sell it to students in the campus bookstore, then it should be fine.
  • apumicapumic Registered User Posts: 1,529 Senior Member
    I'd agree with you there, OK. My only concern would be with the Instructor's Editions typically including a CD with the test bank included. Solution manuals can be great for helping you to understand where you made a mistake and how to correct it on homework problems. That's a GREAT study tool!
  • SibeliusSibelius Registered User Posts: 291 Junior Member
    I used a teacher's edition once. It didn't help since we never did anything but read out of the book (and rarely at that) and at the end of the semester the book store wouldn't buy it from me, so I was kind of screwed. I'd go for the student edition.
  • tmacgirltmacgirl Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    Not worth it. All my profs just use the book for readings. If its a class like chemistry or calculus we get the solution manual anyways so I don't see the point of having to read the small text for a textbank most profs don't even use.
  • The CriticThe Critic Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    Resale is the biggest problem. Just get the student's edition.
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