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Best biology and chemistry textbooks to prepare for college

  1. Oct 17, 2009 #1
    Hi, I was wondering about your opinions and recommendations on some biology and chemistry texts, free or not. I want to use these mainly for review for college since I took these courses in high school with biology being AP. Since I'm planning on majoring in one of these, I would like to have a good, general textbook I can use throughout my years in college. Thanks.
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  3. Oct 20, 2009 #2


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    Outside of your assigned book the choice which you have no control, you may find an old book by the author, Petrucci for General Chemistry.
  4. Jan 26, 2011 #3
    I am not sure if you will be taking Anatomy and Physiology in college as one of your biology classes, but if you are, something that may help you is this Human Anatomy and Physiology Home Study course. It is very clear and easy to follow. Not including the many diagrams that is included in it. You can check it out at http://ludlow.eproduct-review.com/categories/higher-education if it sounds like something that you may be interested in.
  5. Sep 26, 2011 #4
    Most college chemistry course text books cover all/most of high school chemistry in the first 3-4 chapters when I was taking general chemistry.

    However, from experience of conceptualizing and applying the material I'd definitely suggest an older textbook, Chemistry the Central Science 10th edition. It costs about $15 used (sold by a 3rd party) and $60 new also sold by a 3rd party on Amazon. I bought most of my school textbooks from Amazon, actually ended up saving thousands of dollars (literally) because I didn't care for writing or highlighting, or even some wear and tear, just the information contained inside. Anyway, Chemistry the Central Science covers chem. from the stuff you learned in high school up to an introduction to organic chemistry and how that relates to biological life forms (two semesters), then you would transition onto organic chemistry.

    As for biology, from my experience, the first of low-tier courses we took was concerned more with ecology, genetics, and evolution, so just about any biology book would do, but I'd recommend Campbell biology. I still use the 7th edition as a reference tool and it reads just the same as the newer editions of the text. Campbell Biology covers most of modern biology from the chemistry of biological life to the complexity of life on a more macroscopic scale (ecological behavior), so you are getting from what I took in the first-tier, 3 semesters worth of schooling in that one book.
  6. Oct 22, 2011 #5
    Free stuff:
    http://http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/farabee/biobk/biobooktoc.html" [Broken]
    This link is very good if you have the "self teaching" ability. Start now (since high school isn't as demanding as college) and work through it; by the end of the summer you will be finished. Just in time for college.
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    Clinton Community College - Biology[/URL]
    This link isn't bad either. It will take some discipline and creativity on your part. It's a complete course including a syllabus, labs, professor's advice on studying Bio, and even some practice quiz's. You basically get all the access to the course as if you were actually taking the course. (*there are links to places like Khan academy, etc.,)

    Advice to you:
    - It's hard self studying something as broad as Biology, so when you're studying make concepts your main goal; it will take your far.
    - To prevent your studies from seeming like they are pointless, look on Google for some course syllabi. They will at least serve as some type of map for your study.
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  7. Oct 22, 2011 #6
    How to put my questions on physics forum?
  8. Oct 23, 2011 #7
    Where are the mods? Two "spambots" are on the loose :tongue2:
  9. Oct 23, 2011 #8
    Edin, the second link is down and the first redirects to:

    http://www.emc.maricopa.edu/faculty/farabee/BIOBk/BioBookTOC.html [Broken]

    which is still the same site.

    But pretty much the same content as Campbell, and I was reading some of the chapters, and it is pretty much a match (Drosophilia flies, etc..., basic stuff). Better to use freeware than buy a pricey book in my opinion until you become specified in biology.
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  10. Oct 23, 2011 #9
    It wont let me edit the post so I have to make a new post. Anyway, here's another try:
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    Clinton Community College - Biology[/URL]

    Let me know if that one works or not.

    @Phoenix: Nothing is better than free stuff, lol. You're spot on with what you're saying. During the summer the OP can "milk" the basics & concepts out of the free-ware links and save some money. When school begins, he'll be well grounded in the basics so studying wont be that hard.
    I met a professor in the Biology department who allows me to take free old textbooks that the Biology faculty and staff don't want anymore. I got a good condition Campbell and Reece's 5th edition. I think they are currently out with 9. But the information/concept is basically the same. My advice to the OP, if your teacher doesn't assign h.w. out of a textbook and check it, then you don't have to buy something that's over priced or the same text the class is using. You can easily obtain an older textbook for way cheaper and it will contain all the basic information.

    Also, learning and tutoring centers might give textbooks away. I got a Physics workbook, calc textbook and writers handbook from those give away's. You might get FREE good condition textbooks from faculty and staff that don't want them anymore. Ask around.
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  11. May 31, 2012 #10
    go to the best author or those who are good in Sciences. :)
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