Originally Posted by fatcat
actually, you can email your prof and ask. The contact information for your profs are on the course outlines. If you have your course code, then you can google your course outline which will state which chapters you are covering and the required textbook, so you can get started on course material earlier. Then IMO id recommend buying ur books before the first week of school, this way you will avoid the huge line ups of first years at the bookstore. I did this first year and it was a great timesaver. cheers
Dont do this.
Dont waste your prof's time by asking a pointless question such as necessity of the textbook. If they didnt think the textbook was necessary, they wouldn't have chosen to use it for the course.
Whether or not you find the textbook helpful is a different story. I would wait until after the first class to get textbooks.
Although, since you're in first year, you're likely to buy all the required textbooks, so in that case, i would get them before the rush starts (and buy them sometime during welcome week a few days before class starts)