You might be wondering what items you need to buy for Chemistry 1210. Here is a brief list:
- Lab manual
- Lab notebook
- Online homework access
If you wish, just listen to the following podcast to hear more about the items you need for this class. You can instead read the text below too if you prefer reading this message.
Textbook: Chemistry: A Central Science 13th edit by Brown, Lemay, et al. A used 12th edition is a great money saver, the 11th edit or older might be slightly trickier to use. Look for books now if you can on Amazon or other online retailers. One thing to watch out for either online or in our bookstores is often you will find soft cover books for a small discount. These discounts usually aren’t worth it in the end because you will not get as much back for you book if you plan on selling them. You will get more use from this book if you take Chem 1220, so keep ahold of it until then! Online books are available too and these can be good deals if you enjoy that type of format. The book can cost anywhere from $25-300 depending on which edition, if it’s used or new, hardcopy or digital, etc.
Lab manual: You need to buy a very specific lab manual for Ohio State’s own general chemistry course specifically for the AU2016 semester. You can usually only find these at campus location bookstores. Be cautious that last year’s lab manual would be unacceptable this year. The lab manual costs about $50 at the OSU Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Lab notebook: A wire-bound, copy-set notebook is required for use in the lab (so you can make copies of your lab data that your Teaching Assistant can keep on file). Any type of notebook with about 100 or more pages is perfect. There is a specific notebook made for just OSU available at the bookstores that most people end up using, which costs about $25.
Calculator: We allow only two calculators for exams, the TI-30Xa or the TI-30XIIs. The latter, the TI-30XIIs is better in my opinion. You can buy this calculator at Walmart, Target, Meijer, etc. for about $10-14 or the bookstore for about $25. See the following link for more info on this policy.
Online Homework: We will use Sapling Learning for our online homework. This service costs about $30 if you wait until the course website opens and later follow the links from there to setup your account. You can buy access from the bookstore too, but it will cost about $50 there.
Other items: I primarily lecture by writing on the chalkboard, so you’ll need something to write on for lecture. The bookstores often bundle items like periodic tables, safety goggles, and/or a study guide with the textbook. While these items could be helpful, none of them are required. In fact, we ask that you don’t bring any goggles to lab other than the type we will give you for free on the first day of class.
I hope to have future blogs and podcasts updated before classes start throughout the next two weeks on topics such as:
- The syllabus
- Some chemistry review topics
- Tips for success
- Frequently asked questions, if there are any!
Thanks for reading this blog! This blog and the associated podcast are new to my course this year. Hopefully you find the audio or the print versions helpful means of disseminating information. Leave comments below if you wish and feel free to email throughout the course whenever you have questions.