Bookbag: First Year Math Teacher, WSU [...]

In which we put together a series of “book bags” to see what we are asking students to pay for textbooks. Books include required and recommended text. The bag here also includes one $35-$50 clicker that is bundled with the textbooks — subtract that if you think that’s unfair

Semester One:

Only four classes our first semester, two have labs bringing us to 14 credits.

  • Biology 101 (Intro Bio): $72.05 – $96.05
  • English 101 Composition: $48.60 – $108
  • History 105 (Global Issues): $70.55 – $128.40
  • Math 171 Calculus” $106.30 – $209.70

Buying new: $542.15 * 8.5% = $588.23
Buying cheapest option (renting used) if available: $297.50 * 8.5% sales tax = $322.79

Semester Two:

  • CS 121: (Intro Programming): $15.40 – $34.20
  • FINE ART 201 (Pullman): $100.19 – $217
  • MATH 172: $106.30 – $209.70
  • MATH 220: $99.45 – $221.05
  • SOC 102: $37.80 – $94.50

Buying new: $776.45 + 8.5% sales tax = $842.45
Buying cheapest option (renting used) if available: $359.14 + 8.5% sales tax = $389.67

One year of new textbooks: $1430.68
One year of rentals (mostly): $712.46
Mix, half rentals, half new: $1071.57

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