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How important is it to get the newest edition (for textbooks)?

onedayoneday Registered User Posts: 518 Member
Hi all,
I was looking at prices of textbooks on Amazon, and I noticed that while you can get an older edition of the textbook for $30, the newer one often shoots up to the $100-200 range. Do professors usually REQUIRE the newest edition, or would an older one be enough (aiming for B+, preferrably A range grades)?

The books I'm concerned about:
for MATH 20B - Calculus Early Transcendentals W/ Or W/o 2 Cd's, 5 Edition by Stewart (this is what's listed on the ucsd schedule when I click on the little book icon, however, I noticed that there's a 6th edition that just came out. Would professors change this to the 6th edition? Or am I safe to purchase the 5th one since it's listed on ucsd website? The reason I'm looking to buy this right now - rather than waiting for after signing up for classes - is that I want to brush up on the basic calculus skills :))

for CHEM 6AH - Principles Of Modern Chemistry, 6 Edition

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Replies to: How important is it to get the newest edition (for textbooks)?

  • ucsdhopefulucsdhopeful Registered User Posts: 405 Member
    i checked on tritonlink's schedule of classes and you can get the 5th edition. and maybe you should consider going to ebay or half.com to buy [strike]my[/strike] one of the calc books listed there...and [strike]my[/strike] solutions manual while you're at it. :)

    most profs don't care about editions as long as it's not too old. for classes that have required homework problems, you should get the one listed on tritonlink
  • ucsdhopefulucsdhopeful Registered User Posts: 405 Member
    dammit no html on these forums :( or the ones with the []'s.
  • FilabustaFilabusta Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    These forums really are html-deprived. There isn't even a QUOTE button. I hate doing
  • safewayrulessafewayrules Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
    One guy on CC got an A without buying the textbook. He is probably reading this.
  • UCLAriUCLAri Registered User Posts: 14,740
    You have to sometimes compare the editions and find what's different. If you feel comfortable with maybe photocopying a couple of pages out of a classmate's newer edition, you'll be fine.

    Odds are that not much will be different in a 6th edition of a lower division calc course.
  • Beware0fNerdBeware0fNerd Registered User Posts: 500 Member
    If Tritonlink says 5th edition, get the 5th edition...

    In general, it kinda depends on the book and which editions. Sometimes books change a lot between editions, and it might be difficult to use an older edition... But if you do get an older edition, you could check the most recent edition from the library for a few hours if you ever need it...
  • 1639916399 Registered User Posts: 573 Member
    It's true. You really don't even need a textbook.
  • SlorgSlorg Registered User Posts: 2,009 Senior Member
    Textbooks aren't always needed. Some of my professors have actually disliked the books assigned to the courses they were teaching.

    I got by without buying any textbooks in the spring.

    You can also check out some textbooks from the library.
  • COLLEGE!COLLEGE! Registered User Posts: 303 Member
    newest edition is probably best... the older editions might have different problems at the end of each chapter/section (from what I've observed)

    GET Principles of Modern Chemistry. If you're planning on fighting it out through the honors series, it'll be helpful.
  • protonproton Registered User Posts: 1,021 Senior Member
    ask your teacher
  • syneriasyneria Registered User Posts: 987 Member
    Yea, I would say wait until you hear what your professor wants. It's true that textbooks are cheaper if you buy them beforehand, but better to know what exactly you need to buy and buy it, rather than waste money and time getting the wrong edition.

    And yea, honestly, if you're willing to go to the library everytime you need a textbook, you can scrape by without buying the textbook.

    I just bought my books for this fall quarter (they probably work for winter and spring as well) just because they were cheap... $10, $30 and whatever a 6BL lab manual costs. Just see how much your books are, and base your decisions on that.
  • Beware0fNerdBeware0fNerd Registered User Posts: 500 Member
    The lab manual costs 10 bucks...

    And if you want to buy books ahead of time, just e-mail the prof... Thats what I did.
  • bman14bman14 Registered User Posts: 588 Member
    GET Principles of Modern Chemistry. If you're planning on fighting it out through the honors series, it'll be helpful.
    i actually wasnt planning on taking the honors series but i think i have that book.... anyone know what it looks like or can someone give me the authors of the book so i can double check?
  • ucsdhopefulucsdhopeful Registered User Posts: 405 Member
    half.com, amazon.com used, or alibris.com, sometimes overstock...etc. why buy new anyway. i've never bought any of my books new
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