- Hardcover: 809 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div; 3rd edition (July 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805365850
- ISBN-13: 978-0805365856
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9.5 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,079 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Biology: Concepts & Connections 3rd Edition
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I've downloaded this textbook on a tablet and a desktop computer. When I try to open the book on a laptop of mine, I receive a dialog that titled 'License Limit Reached' with a message "You have exceeded the limit on the number of devices that can read this item" (see attached screenshot).
That is the reason I'm giving this e-Textbook a one-star review. I don't feel its unreasonable to want to read this book on a desktop, laptop, and tablet.
Science was always my favorite subject in school, Biology in particular was my top favorite. Most of the material I haven't seen since I was in high school. When I found out I had to take the FTCE, I was very nervous! However, whenever I came across any concept I couldn't grasp, I turned to this book (which has EVERYTHING). I just took the FTCE on Saturday, and I passed!! I couldn't have done it without this book. Later on I plan to buy this book just to have it because it's such an amazing book. It's well-written and lays out all the concepts in a way that is easy understand, even for me!
I'll be passing the name of this book along to my colleagues.
So far I'm on chapter 5 and I'm not really impressed. The book is ok at giving the definitions of the terms and it's not the best at going in to great detail of the why's and how's of the material. It keeps switching back and forth on how bonds are written. I wish it would stick with one way run with it. Yes, I understand there is more than one way to do something but it's overly confusing when it keeps switching back and forth.
The math in this book sucks! It does not teach how to calculate coefficient formulas very well or at all. Then Avogardos number was not explained except that it is a rule just like "12 is a dozen" then in the concept questions it wants you to calculate how many ghrelin molecules are in 1 L of blood if ghrelin is about 1.3x10^-10. IT NEVER EXPLAINED HOW TO CALCULATE THAT!!!!! I have learned more from Tyler DeWitt on YouTube. Like I said I'm only on chapter 5 and my opinion so far is that this is a slightly ramped up book of definitions, to me it's not explaining the real how's and whys of the material. Hopefully things get better or this class goes by fast!
Edit: Just wanted to add that on the Masteringbiology website, you also get access to the Campbell Biology E-book (normally $100 on their website with the mastering), so you don't have to carry the book with you to school for access. I just have to stress how great this E-book is, really. I normally don't love reading books on my iPad with the kindle app; it just doesn't feel the same. But I read this textbook my iPad using the Pearson app and it is fantastic. It looks exactly like the book and you have the option of leaving sticky notes and highlighting things for later. Oh and reading the book is generally online, but you can choose the chapters you want to download for reading offline. I hardly even use the printed textbook these days.
Edit 2: Since amazon has linked the reviews of both books, you should search specifically for Campbell Biology with MasteringBiology® (9th Edition).
And it is BIG, too. Strike that, this is MASSIVE! Easily around 15-20 lbs., only young backs could possibly lug this to class (which I do not recommend. Read it at home before class, like you're supposed to.
NOTE: If you're expecting to get any money back on this after the semester's done, DO NOT BUY THE LOOSELEAF EDITION. It may be more convienent to have the ability to just take a chapter or two to class, most colleges / universities WILL NOT BUY THESE EDITIONS BACK.