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Solid book for pre-med students
on August 18, 2011
I'm a professor who has used this book for 3 years. Overall, it is a very good algebra-based book specially made for pre-med students. They have gone to great lengths to include medical applications, and the content of the book is based on what the MCAT requires. For the most part, the chapters are about the right length and the explanations are clear. The number of homework problems has been accumulating over the last 8 editions, so there are now almost a ridiculous number of problems to choose from (>200 in some chapters!) ranging from trivial to challenging. This book covers a huge amount of material, more than you could possibly cover in a year, and is in danger of bloating. I have found very few errors and only a few points which I would disagree with, which is pretty good considering the size of the book. There is an attempt to introduce some current research areas like cosmology and particle physics in the last chapter, but otherwise they stick very closely to MCAT topics. Also, the WileyPLUS system offers solid online homework grading and some nice study materials.