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How much textbooks

  1. Jul 14, 2009 #1
    how much are graduate textbooks

    how much money did textbooks cost you in graduate school? Just in general im not interested in an exact amount just in the general amount I would have to pay for each of them or all together, and I know each school requires different material.
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  3. Jul 14, 2009 #2
    Let me estimate 10 classes for an MS, each one requiring a textbook that costs $100 on average. $1K give or take? (Probably a little more than that, actually.)
  4. Jul 14, 2009 #3
    10 classes for an MS? Plus you can always scam the textbooks from the library on the first day and not pay a cent.
  5. Jul 14, 2009 #4
    You sir, are out of your mind. I've been in grad school for almost an entire year now (six classes) and have spent a total of about $140 I think. All brand new, all hardcover. One of the books wasn't even for a class I was taking but just in a subject I wanted to know more about.
  6. Jul 14, 2009 #5


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    I've spent $120 or so on 2 classes for 2 books so far :( New, one hardcover (the expensive one).
  7. Jul 14, 2009 #6
    10 classes for an MS. At least where I went.

    I like to keep my books though... admittedly, I could have shopped around and bought international editions for many classes for much less.

    But yeah, out of my mind or not, about $1K.
  8. Jul 14, 2009 #7


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    Two words: term loans.
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    That's pretty much what the majority of students do here (Argentina). Not only physics students, I mean university students in general.
    "We" scan books borrowed from the library so that we pay approximately 5 or 6 dollars a book of say 600 or 700 pages. Of course it's illegal and you shouldn't do this! An alternative of not spending that much money would be to spend a lot of your time in the University's library.
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