I am taking three introductory science courses this semester. Thankfully, I was able to save some money by purchasing used textbooks. Though velocity might change over time, introductory physics largely doesn’t.
But I still had to spend large sums of money for each of my introductory science classes on online homework problem sets. These problem sets are produced and then sold by the large textbook publishers and are a required component of many introductory science courses at Temple.
I’m more than happy to complete problem sets for my classes and I understand that online homework is easier for professors to grade. But prices for required online homework websites are astronomical and add additional burdens to already tight student budgets. And there’s little-to-no incentive for textbook publishers to reduce the price of online homework sets because they realize students are required to access the sites, and must do so regardless of the cost. Many of my professors realize the growing cost of textbooks is a burden for students and have recommended that we purchase used or older editions of our books to save money. I would like to see them also address the growing cost of online problem sets. Perhaps Temple could create its own online online homework site for students — or work with textbook manufacturers to reduce the costs for the student body. That’s a change over time that I think everyone — particularly those of us in introductory physics — could get behind.
Class of 2017