You will need three things for General Chemistry I -- the textbook, online homework access (OWL), and an instant-response system, a clicker. The first two (textbook and online homework system) are generally bundled together.
Textbook plus online homework system
The textbook for our course is "Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity, 8th Edition" by Kotz, Treichel and Townsend. It is a great book for university-level general chemistry with solid descriptions of chemical principles, excellent illustrations, and exciting real-world examples of how chemistry is used in studies of chemical behavior, biochemistry, biology, materials, engineering, the environment, and many more areas. The book is integrated with an online homework system that will help you to practice chemical problems and tutors you immediately when problems occur. The book is very well established as a standard text that matches well to nationally accepted topics of general chemistry.
The textbook is available as either a paperback for 1st semester, or the hardcover for the full year. If you intend to take Gen Chem II (Chem F106x), then the full textbook is probably the best option. I personally think you should keep your textbook so that you can use the Chemistry knowledge in there (after you have read it and know where stuff is in the textbook). Please match the ISBN number to verify you are getting the right textbook. Some other books appear similar, even having the same cover, but they are things like the SSMI = "Student Solution Manual").
Your choices for textbook and bundled OWL access card are:
- Complete textbook Kotz et al 8th Ed. (The textbook only's ISBN is 9780840048288, but it is expensive to buy the textbook and homework without a bundle -- read on). The bundle of the textbook with 24-month OWL card, "Bundle: Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity, 8th + OWL with YouBook (24 months) Printed Access Card ISBN: 9781111660468" costs $256.49, but note that you are covered for both semesters and you get a solid hardcover to keep. Note that there is some waiting for the book to arrive in the mail. The link is http://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/isbn/9781111660468
- Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity 8th Ed Special UAF paperback edition.; Kotz, Treichel, and Townsend, Brooks/Cole; 2012 Volume 1 (ISBN: 9781133066934) The bookstore bundles the paperback with the online homework system access (OWL access card) as the "ACP General Chemistry I w/ 24 month OWL card". At the bookstore, the cost is $170.75. The same ISBN (paperback textbook plus 24-month OWL) is also available directly from the publisher (cost $130.05, but it needs time to ship): http://www.cengagebrain.com/micro/uafchem -- then select Chem F105X
- If you can find a used version of the book or can read an online document or want to print it, you can use an e-book (called the Cengage YouBook, which is automatically bundled with your OWL card). The cost is $113.00, but the YouBook alone is not recommended due to lack of printed textbook. http://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/isbn/9781111305215
Instant response system (clicker)
An "instant response" system for in-class polling. There are two choices:
- A ResponseCard RF radio frequency clicker (Turning Technologies) -- (ResponseCard RF or ResponseCard RF LCD) available at the bookstore ($42.50) or online.
- If you have a smartphone, you can purchase a "Responseware" app, which needs an account activation from http://store.turningtechnologies.com Use school code: UAFACCT for a discount ($15 annual license + smartphone).
Summary / Advice
I personally believe that having a printed textbook is very important. If you were reading your textbook online and your twitter feed lights up, will you maintain focus to continue reading? Learning difficult concepts needs focus, and a printed textbook really helps. I realize that having multiple options is confusing, but we are actively trying to keep costs down. We would appreciate your suggestions for ways to do so.