Best-selling chemistry textbooks for college students stand out. There are more than enough reasons why learners and professors prefer those reference materials over all others. Here are five of the most sought-after of those.
Best-selling chemistry textbooks for college students stand out. There are more than enough reasons why learners and professors prefer those reference materials over all others. Here are five of the most sought-after of those.
Chemistry is an important course in college. Students should not feel intimidated and overwhelmed when taking chemistry subjects. Almost all programs include it in their curriculum. Thus, it is not surprising that many textbooks are now published to target college students who take up any of such courses.
There are best-selling chemistry textbooks that have been helping college students learn more about the subject for many years now. Here are five of the more popularly used and prescribed college textbooks in colleges and universities today.
Author: Raymond Chang
The best-selling textbook is recommended for two-semester courses on general chemistry. It uses traditional approach in teaching and learning the subject. Most notable is the author’s clear and straightforward writing style along with easier-to-understand solutions to given sample problems. It facilitates a strong foundation of chemical concepts along with principles that are presented more concisely. There is a balance between basic theories and application through real examples and visuals.
Author: The American Chemical Society
Non-science college majors could appreciate this book more as they study general chemistry. It is written in an interesting way to enable learners to appreciate chemistry in the context of their daily lives. Students would also learn more about important issues that pose impact not just to science but also to the world. The best-selling textbook presents chemical
principles using ‘need-to-know’ style of writing. Its non-traditional approach integrates current technological issues with basic concepts in chemistry.
Author: Janice Smith
It is interesting how the author gives more life into important and complex concepts of organic chemistry. She used an effective technique in delivering and discussing lessons in a format that modern students will certainly appreciate. The book has less text paragraphs. There are more bulleted lists and well-labeled illustrations and other visual aids. However, most instructors think this book will be better appreciated if students will first read the textbook ‘Organic Chemistry’ from the same author.
Author: William L. Masterton
The author is an expert in his field, more than qualified to write about the subject after accumulating more than five decades of teaching experience. College students will find this book very helpful as it discusses fundamental lessons in general chemistry in a brief and reader-oriented manner. There are even new concept-driven and updated examples that concentrate on molecular understanding and reasoning.
Author: Karen C. Timberlake
This best-selling textbook is outstanding for the way it presents basic chemistry concepts to students. It uses problem-solving techniques and tools to help learners be ready to take more chemistry courses in the future and to use the subject in their future career paths. The author has succeeded in making chemistry highly relevant and engaging as a college course. What’s more? There are transcribed interviews with doctors, engineers, biochemists, and veterinarians who attest to the importance of studying chemistry in their current professions.
News Corp has introduced its first tablet PC that specifically targets the growing education technology market in the US. Through its education division, Amplify, the diversified media company has developed the device that is aimed at further improving learning techniques to be used in schools today and in the future.
Many education experts welcome this development. For them, tablet-led education being the norm in schools will be effective. But it is just normal that not everyone thinks this proprietary system will be a good way to move forward.
The new device could ideally replace the use of textbooks. Not only would it be highly fashionable and convenient; it can even facilitate creation and customization of content. The use of the device could provide new opportunities to access free resources that could possibly skip the need to buy costly textbooks.
Amplify collaborated with other technology and education firms like Apple Inc and Pearson PLC to develop the new tablet. The device is exclusively designed for modern classrooms. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean powers each 10-inch unit, which is equipped with numerous educational tools that include teaching utilities, graphing calculators, and Google Apps for Education. It also features a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and several other references that will certainly be useful to its users.
The Android tablet will be affordable at $299. But another version will be offered with added features like access to 4G network for online connectivity, which be ideal for children who need to use the PC at home. However, this version will be slightly costlier at $349. Preloaded curriculum for a two-year subscription might be added for $99.
Interestingly, the device will be useful not just to pupils but also to their teachers and parents, who could access educational data. Educators can put up instant chat rooms to facilitate class discussions. There are features that would enable them to monitor the activities their pupils do when using the tablet. They can give online quizzes for real-time assessment of pupils’ understanding of their subjects.
Parents can easily monitor the learning and school progress of their children. The tablet even comes with a kill switch that would allow teachers and parents to instantly disable non-educational apps that include games. This feature was strategically and intentionally added to make sure that student-users will always remain focused on their lessons. Thus, the device may not serve as a distraction to student learning.
Here are five of the most recommended computer science college textbooks in the market. You should not have any difficulty when finding these books especially because these are sold at about any other book retailer in your area.
There are many college computer science textbooks in the market today. It is important to carefully assess each book to make sure you can get or buy the best for studying. Some experts and educators are recommending at least five in your list of the most popular computer science books these days. What computer science college textbooks should you choose?
C++ How to program (5th Edition) – by Harvey Deitel and Paul Deitel This is the bestselling textbook in the world about introduction to C++ programming. It has so far sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide. As a reference material, it offers breadth and depth in programming concepts as well as intermediate-level subjects for further study. It is logically the most practical and comprehensive introductory book to C++.
Digital Design (3rd Edition) – by M. Morris Mano The material is a modern-day revision of one of the most classical but digitally designed textbook. It teaches students about basic tools for digital circuits designing. The author has successfully managed to describe and discuss in details the techniques in digital designing based on needs and recommendations from the experts.
The Peopleware Papers: Notes on the Human Side of Software – by Larry L. Constantine The range of this textbook is out of the ordinary. It includes group development, project management, tools, models, discipline versus chaos, processes, methods, usability, personalities, and more. There are two distinct new sections in the latest edition: first, the organized culture and second the usability of software objects. The book also includes the author’s breakthrough essays about usage-centered design. This reference material is most recommended to every project team participant, executive, business consumer, IT manager, and of course, computer science students.
Probability and Statistics for Computer Science – by James L. Johnson The book is about the thorough and comprehensive development of statistics and probability for serious computer science students in college. The material makes goal oriented individuals out of just anyone. The content is said to be aiming to present mathematical analysis that underlies probability results.
Probability with R: An Introduction with Computer Science Applications – by Jane Horgan This is a comprehensive introductory resource on probability, emphasizing computer-related situations. There are real examples that show how probability can truly be used in logical or practical solutions. The main principles and goals of the book include simulation of experiment driven methods and relationship between computing and probability.
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Every year, the Center for College Affordability and Productivity makes a list of top US universities and colleges based on factors that meet students’ wants and needs. Here are the top three educational institutions in the country based on that list.
College is still very expensive in the US. There are elite private universities in the country where a student can spend up to $250,000 for tuition and other fees over a typical four-year degree program. It is just logical that numerous college students look at costs first and foremost when choosing a university or college to attend to.
Forbes annually releases a list of top US universities and colleges based on the report of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. This list does not reflect the reputation of schools or any other measures of academic selectivity. Instead, it focuses on factors that are considered most important by students—-quality of education, career prospects for graduates, graduation rates, student satisfaction, and student debt levels.
Here are the top three universities and colleges that meet the factors that are of more importance to students. The ranking is based on the 2012 list released by Forbes.
The private and research university is part of the Ivy League. Located in New Jersey, it has a 500-acre campus situated within a town that has a population of 30,000 people. New York City and the urban areas of Philadelphia are just about an hour away. This university is distinct with a more intimate educational environment compared to all other US universities today. It currently has a total student population of around 7,800. Annual cost of education per student is about $53,900.
Situated in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Williams College has proven that being a small school can be an advantage. It topped the list in 2010 for outstanding reasons. The 2-century old private liberal arts college has a student-to-faculty ratio of just 7:1, giving its students greater chances to actually know their professors and take a more unique education experience. Current student population is just around 2,100 students and annual education cost per student is about $57,100.
This university is among the most selective institutions not just on the west coast but also in the entire US. The Leland Stanford Junior University, as it is called by some, takes pride in being one of the universities in the world where research and teaching efforts are stronger.
Located close to Palo Alto, California, it currently has a student population of around 19,900. Annual cost of education per student is about $57,700. The prevailing warm climate in its location and its attractive Spanish architecture are additional factors that make Stanford University attractive to students.
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College textbooks are getting more and more expensive every year. This article will give students suggestions on how to buy cheap textbooks and save money.
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Perhaps one of the greatest contributors to having a fruitful and learning-packed college life is having a good professor. For this, you can ask advice from an elder sibling, friends or you can also ask for the credentials of professor if you want. Today, you are lucky we don’t even need to stand up from our desks if we want to check out a professor. How so? Through “rate your professor” sites.
These “rate a professor” sites are online evaluation sites where students can search professors according to the university and the department they are in. A lot of incoming college students regard this as very reliable. This is why, if you are one of those people who have just finished a class/ course/ year level, it might be good to write one or two reliable and accurate reviews about your previous professors. Here are 3 bases you can use:
A lot of students give high professor ratings in “rate my professor” because that professor gave easy tests, has predictable patterns for giving exams and maybe, didn’t go to half of the scheduled classes. At the end of the day, ask yourself: how much did you really learn from this professor? And for the tests/ evaluations, is it really about quality or quantity? There are also other professors who give short and meaningful evaluations that let you really learn about the lessons taught. Always remember that sometimes it’s not about the number of attendance or quizes but the quality of learning that you got and how relevant these lessons can be in your chosen field.
You can also say if one is a dedicated professor if s/he goes to class early, dresses well, and, most of all, comes to class prepared (papers checked on time, visual aid prepared, lecture arranged). If he ranks high in those 3 things, then, that’s one prized professor. It shows that he is devoted in his career and he is also invested in your learning.
One of the best determiners of being a good professor is his/ her teaching rigor. How do you rate this? Answer the following questions: does your professor talk like he is really passionate about the subject that he’s teaching? How much effort does he put in making sure that everyone (or, at least, as many students as possible) understands the lesson completely? Does he put extra effort in those who are slower in terms of learning pace, and does he recognize those who excel in his class? If your professor is positive in these things, then that’s a sure 10 in “rate my professor”.
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New textbooks are costly. That is why used books are now popular. Here are five of the most purchased college engineering reference materials as new or used books.
New textbooks are logically expensive. Each year, college students spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on buying their reference books alone. That is why when second-hand or used copies of those books were introduced and made available in the market, demand for those materials not surprisingly rose. Used books have become more sought-after especially among students who aim to save on costs.
Are you curious about the specific titles that are considered bestsellers among new and even used textbook buyers? Here are five of the most purchased college engineering textbooks these days.
Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach (Authors: Michael A. Boles and Yunus A Cengel) This global bestseller brings about refinement to an effective approach that emphasizes physical understanding of the basic concepts of thermodynamics. As an engineering textbook, this one directly addresses future engineers about the importance of creative thinking, interest, and enthusiasm about this area of study.
Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, 8th Edition (Authors: Robert Perry and Don Green) This book was first published in 1934. Thus, it has equipped several generations of chemists and engineers with necessary knowledge and information about chemical engineering. Through the years, this reference material has been undergoing updates that reflect latest technology and effective processes.
Engineers (Author: DK Publishing) This textbook gives a closer perspective about the life and works of more than 80 of the greatest engineers in the world. It describes the ways of early known engineers like Archimedes, Hero of Alexandria, Alessandro Volta, Eli Whitney, Wernher von Braun, and Henry Ford. It is the only reference material to date that features engineers who come from each era of human history as well as from all engineering disciplines.
Microelectronic Circuits (Authors: Adel Sedra and Kenneth Carless Smith) As a market-leading textbook, this one built its standard of excellence and innovation on solid pedagogical foundation expected from the authors. The content is thoroughly updated to reflect corresponding advancements in technology, specifically pertaining to CMOS. It is now considered as the latest resource material used for teaching future engineers about how to design and analyze electronic circuits.
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Author: David J. Griffiths) The book teaches engineering students techniques in doing quantum mechanics. The content features insights about what the subject means. It has two-part coverage that organizes topics under most basic theory and at the same time assembles an arsenal of unique approximation schemes complete with illustrative applications. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics is recommended to engineering and physics students.
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The US government is seeing the need to help lower students’ expenses by making traditional textbooks obsolete. However, a complete shift from traditional to digital format is not expected in the near future.
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has recently raised the possibility of making physical textbooks ‘obsolete.’ Sec. Duncan said the country’s education system should immediately shift to the use of digital educational resources to significantly lower the costs that are usually shouldered by students when buying reference books each school year.
The proposal is logically welcomed by most students, who spend around $655 each year to buy required course materials. In some cases, a single traditional textbook comes with a $300 sticker price. According to data from the National Association of College Stores, textbook costs have declined in the past years, but only marginally.
In a study conducted by electronic textbook provider CourseSmart, up to 98% of all college students who own a laptop, tablet PC, smartphone, or any other Internet-capable electronic device use their gadgets for school-related purposes. Of those, 53% frequently access and read electronic textbooks.
CourseSmart, one of the businesses that publish and distribute textbooks in electronic formats, has been reducing textbook costs by up to 60%. The company believes that technological innovation in publishing should go beyond conversion of textbooks into cheaper digital format. It asserts that better data as well as analytics will be important in aiding student retention, improving engagement, bolstering learning outcomes, and monitoring student success.
The Stanford Bookstore, another textbook publisher offering electronic versions, has a somehow different view. The company believes that no single device, platform, or format can cover students’ needs. Only about 10% of the books released by the bookstore this fall were in electronic format, including ‘Principles of Economics,’ which has a $300 tag price for the traditional format.
It is currently offering several alternatives to standard textbook costs. As Standard Bookstore goes into a slow transition to electronic format, its Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange (SIPX) unit is busy coordinating and working on course-pack content with materials that are library-licensed. SIPX is a cloud-based network that identifies copyright access and available resources for users in producing course-packs. So far, this business has been helping college students decrease costs of reference materials by 25% to 78%.
Currently, it seems that there is a mismatch between tools and alternatives available to students. Thus, many experts think it is still unlikely for digital books to replace traditional formats in the near future. CourseSmart and Stanford Bookstore both agree that physical textbooks will not completely disappear from the landscape of higher education.
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The world has really gone expensive; everything we buy, both our needs and wants, are consistently increasing in price. However, we don’t always have money on our hands, which is exactly why we look for cheaper things to buy, or as much as possible, we buy lesser things.
From preschool up to college, we all base our knowledge on books. However, buying books could cost you a lot; there are big books which are expensive, and there are those small books that are also expensive, or more, like the bigger ones.
Now, if you think that there’s no other way than buying secondhand books just to spend less when you don’t have anyone to lend you one, well, think again. Technology has saved our pockets from ripping off over and over again; they have invented a cheaper way of providing us books. “Open Source Textbooks" - your cheaper (but better) and lighter versions of our traditional textbooks.
Cheaper - You could purchase soft copy files online. However, there are open authors who publish their books on the internet for free. Although these books cost lesser, this doesn’t mean that the information offered to us have decreased as well. Because there are open source textbooks that has equal contents, and at the same time, they have much more to give. And not only does open source textbooks stitch up our pockets, but also, they set our minds at peace.
Imagine if you’re a part-time worker, plus you’re taking up your master’s degree with the help of your student loans, and you happen to be on your last year at school, but then you haven’t saved enough money to pay off your debts. We shouldn’t let books build walls between students and their wanting to learn, because these students someday could bring great ideas to mankind.
Lighter - As we all have experienced, we have common hatred for carrying many kilo-laden books on our bags. Some students have I-pads and laptops wherein they could use it to project the open source textbooks they got online to guide them in their studies. On the other hand, for those students who couldn’t afford to purchase such gadgets, they would just print some pages from open source textbooks when they need it, and bring it with them at school or to anywhere they need it. Still, access is easy and bringing of very heavy books in school can soon be history.
Books may appear in different forms, but content is really what matters most. However, we have issues in life that sets limits to our actions, especially in decision-making. So in looking for cheaper ways in buying books, always compare the price with its worth…never mind if it’s a hard or soft copy.
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So you’re done with college and you are moving on with your life. Perhaps you got a really good gig after graduation and you are thinking of giving back to your university. One good way to give back is to help the incoming college students make better decisions in terms of picking which classes to take. This is to write accurate and meaningful evaluations to those “rate my professor” sites.
You know those websites where you can search your school and run through a menu of professors with respective “reviews” about them? That’s it. All you need to do is to write about your experience with that professor and give a fair professor rate. It isn’t rocket science, right?
This is highly helpful because it aids the student in knowing which professors might be the best for them in terms of teaching style. There are different ways for students to be motivated and learn, so it’s important for a student to know which professors are compatible with their own learning style. Also, it might take a student a while to adjust; so, knowing a professor’s style in advance will be very helpful.
Moreover, if there is only one professor available for a certain subject, the professor ratings will also be helpful in terms of leveling expectations. This way, the student can psyche himself up for the semester to come. That, or he can wait until the next semester and hope for a different professor to be available.
Another good thing that these “rate my professor” sites bring about is to level the playing field between the students and the professor. There are professors that are a tad too abusive and think that students will always do their bidding. Sometimes, they demand unreasonable requirements. Sometimes, they are truants. Some are lazy. Sometimes, they don’t even observe good manners inside the classroom. We don’t say that the online professor rate sites will correct these but they will be good deterrents for better professor performance and behavior.
So if you are thinking of how to “give back” to the university which you believe to have contributed to the success of your career, one great way is to write balanced and truthful evaluations on “rate my professor” sites. This way, your influence can be immortalized since it’s found on the cloud and you also get to encourage the incoming college students to do the same when they leave school altogether.
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