My respect for professors has plummetted

Started Sep 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Brian OP Forum Pro • Posts: 18,938
Re: My respect for professors has plummetted

57even wrote:

Brian wrote:

My son just started college, going into Mechanical Engineering.

First semester has calculus and physics. Just basic classes. beginning physics and calculus hasn't changed for 100 years or more. I could pull out my text books from 25 years ago and they would be perfectly adequate.

Don't get me wrong, if a professor writes a book that adds something to the field of study or shows new insight, then I can see the professor requiring a new book and making some money on it. But beginning physics and calculus...... give me a break.. We are talking higher education mafia.

How much do you think beginning physics books and calculus books are running these days?

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When I started at college, all the text books were available used from graduating students. I paid perhaps $180 for all 12 required texts. When I graduated I sold them back for $150. Perhaps this college has a similar facility?

yes, but the problem is that these were new editions.  = no used.  hopefully that means he can sell them and recoup a bit of money at the end.

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