Meeting student needs: An inexpensive internet-based chemistry textbook

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Mark A. Bishop, mbishop@mpc.edu, Department of Chemistry, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont Blvd., Monterey, CA 93940
As both the costs of textbooks and student interest in computer-based instruction rise, it seems to make sense to provide low-cost, internet-based textbooks. This presentation describes one such text, An Introduction to Chemistry by Mark Bishop, found at preparatorychemistry.com. There will be a description of the novel approach to pricing this text so that the student cost can vary from free to $20 to $79.95, depending on students' financial needs and whether the student wants the online version or a printed text. The various components of the web-text will be described - PDF files of the text and study guide, flash-based audio presentations, animations, tutorials, glossary quizzes, concept maps, jmol structures, chapter checklists, and more. There will also be a description of the tools necessary to create your own such text.