# Math Help - Calculus with Application 9th edition vs 8th

1. ## Calculus with Application 9th edition vs 8th

This book is from Lial, Greenwell and Ritchey. My Calculus class requires the 9th edition but I know from past experience that some of the books are the same the only difference would be the years. And I also know sometimes things do change. Can anyone confirm that this book is the same word for word as the 8th edition? It would save me a lot of money if I am able to use the 8th edition instead

2. Originally Posted by Sammyj
This book is from Lial, Greenwell and Ritchey. My Calculus class requires the 9th edition but I know from past experience that some of the books are the same the only difference would be the years. And I also know sometimes things do change. Can anyone confirm that this book is the same word for word as the 8th edition? It would save me a lot of money if I am able to use the 8th edition instead
i am pretty sure they are. especially when the editions get that high, 8th or 8th edition, nothing much changes. in anycase, the only problem you may have is the the pages may be numbered differently, as well as the problems. so your professor might say your homework is #4 on page 50 when in your edition it might be #2 on page 51, so be aware that you may have to tackle things like that. but as far as learning a topic from the text is concerned, there should be no difference.

the main reason for upgrading editions that many times, is to kill resale values, so you have to buy your text from the bookstore instead of your best friend, and the author and the bookstore makes more money. and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. if all the mistakes aren't caught by the 8th edition, then it's probably not that good a book to spend a lot of money on anyway, or the editors are incompetent

3. When I took intermediate algebra I thought I could save some money by buying an ealier edition. That turned out to be a pain due to either more problems were added or remove making every question out of order. I'm willing to take a chance and buy the 8th edition hoping everything is still numbered the same as the 9th edition.

4. Originally Posted by Sammyj
When I took intermediate algebra I thought I could save some money by buying an ealier edition. That turned out to be a pain due to either more problems were added or remove making every question out of order. I'm willing to take a chance and buy the 8th edition hoping everything is still numbered the same as the 9th edition.
I know calculus books usually don't change that much. i ahve seen the 4th, 5th and 6th edition of a calculus book that i used and nothing much changed. even the problem numbers were the same. they just added some more graphics and stuff. isn't there a way for you to compare them? where are you buying the 8th edition? where is the 9th sold?

5. The college wants $140 for the 9th edition but on ebay they are selling the 8th edition on average$25. If calculus really doesn't change I'm going to just get the 8th edition from ebay.

6. Originally Posted by Sammyj
The college wants $140 for the 9th edition but on ebay they are selling the 8th edition on average$25. If calculus really doesn't change I'm going to just get the 8th edition from ebay.
haha, yup. is \$115 worth the possible headache of (probably) having to copy a problem or two from my friends. to me it is!

7. Ok I'm going for it. Thanks!