*Me to Promislow, December 13, 2017, 5:09 p.m.*

A couple of weeks ago you told me that the new textbook for MTH 124 costs (to the students) about $30.00-40.00.

The course schedule at the Office of Registrar web site directs students to the required course materials. It turns out that a textbook for $120.00 is required.

Who was misled: me, you, or the Office of Registrar?

*Promislow to me, December 13, 2017, 10:04 p.m.*

The course pack (Webwork+notes) is $40, the book, suggested, not required, is probably the higher amount you list below. If you would like to recommend materials for you course, send a list to Debie (cc Pavel and Dave Bramer) and include you section number(s).

*Me to Promislow, December 13, 2017, 10:29 p.m.*

I wanted to look at what is required.

I picked up a random section of 124 and followed the link from RO.

Here is the screenshot of what a student will see.

PDF of a screenshot

*Me to Promislow, December 14, 2017, 3:20 a.m.*

Here is the relevant part of a class page:

https://sites.google.com/site/mth124msu/syllabus/supplies

(The page may change in the next term. Here is a screenshot: Supplies – MTH124, Survey of Calculus I, Monday-Wednesday-Friday Sections. – Added for this post.)

The textbook is “recommended” with the following explanations:

*“The textbook listed above is recommended for this course. ***This means that for a student to be successful they should purchase the text.** An important component of the course is the suggested homework which is assigned from the text. The lectures will also correspond to sections from the textbook so it is a valuable reference material. Students are not required to bring the textbook to lecture.”

This is just a hypocrisy. The textbook is ***required***.

The minimal expenses, according to this page, are about $60.00 (used textbook) + $40.00 (WeBWork fee) + $45 (used calculator) = $145.00

The new textbook is either $97.00 or $120.00. I did not checked how much a new calculator may cost because the model is not specified.

The syllabus also suggests to print out suggested course notes at the cost 5-10 cents per page. This is again “not required” because students may write down them by hand!

This all is just a shame.

**And what was the point of misleading me? Is it just a habit?**

*Of course, I got no reply to this message.*

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