I know :( I don't understand why they dont just have their lab manuals made through the bookstore like everyone else.
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You should really look at the way you treat your course material if it's falling apart...
OP has a point: Chem manuals require that you rip out a lot of the pages for lab reports, and the super flimsy binding usually uncoils near the edges by your second lab...and you still have three more labs to go. If they're going to charge me $45 for a lab manual, it should at least maintain it's integrity for an entire term. Also to number 2: thank you for that well thought-out and insightful addition to this thread. I personally haven't heard that particular phrase in years, and I work with young children on a regular basis.
It's a cash grab for the chem department, not really much more to it.
Chem major here, the chemistry department is flat broke. The program has a really small enrollment, so they don't get a lot of money. Chemicals and instrumentation equipment are really expensive. They have to make their money somewhere...
@Kita: Sure, OP has a point if you're a barbarian. Just spend 2 minutes before a lab and take the pages out humanely.
Their chemicals are reasonably priced.
Actually OP, the Chemistry Lab Manuals are printed by the Bookstore and are priced keeping their pricing guides in mind. May I suggest scissors for the pages you need removed?
UW administration takes up a huge portion of the costs. The province doesn't allow the university to jack up costs for the bloated UW admin. So each department has to raise the "user fees" ie. texts, manuals, software, etc. You get the opportunity in the end regardless to pay for these parasites in admin who will just give themselves another raise in the near future. Hooray.