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Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences


By: Peter Atkins and Julio De Paula

699 pages, col illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Dec 2010 | Edition: 2 | #185072 | ISBN-13: 9780199564286
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Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences fills a void in the textbook market by offering a balanced presentation of the concepts of physical chemistry, and their extensive applications to biology and biochemistry. It is written to straddle the worlds of physical chemistry and the life sciences and to show students how the tools of physical chemistry can elucidate and illuminate biological questions.

Opening with a suite of chapters on Biochemical Thermodynamics, with a focus on energy conversion in biological cells and the factors that stabilize proteins, nucleic acids, and cell membranes, the book goes on to explore the Kinetics of Life Processes, examining the rates of chemical reactions, how rates can help characterise the mechanism of a reaction, and how enzymes affect reaction rates. A third section, Biomolecular Structure, looks at how concepts of physical chemistry can be used to establish those 'rules' that govern the assembly of complex biological structures, while the final section, Biomolecular Spectroscopy, describes the major techniques in biochemistry that are being applied to help us to explore biochemical processes and systems ever further.

this book provides an excellent insight into the subject of physical chemistry, understandable and suitable for both beginners and experts of chemistry. Internal Journal of Biological Macromolecules, August 2006 The authors succeed brilliantly in their aim to show that deep insights into the behaviour of biological systems can be gained by applying the principles of physical chemistry. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it without reservation to teachers and students alike. Chemistry World, January 2006


PROLOGUE; FUNDAMENTALS; PART I; Biochemical Thermodynamics; 1. The First Law; 2. The Second Law; 3. Phase Equilibria; 4. Chemical Equilibrium; 5. Thermodynamics of Ion and Electron Transport; PART II; Kinetics of Life Processes; 6. The Rates of Reactions; 7. Accounting for the Rate Laws; 8. Complex Biochemical Processes; PART III; Biomolecular Structure; 9. Dynamics of Microscopic Systems; 10. The Chemical Bond; 11. Molecular Interactions; 12. Macromolecules and Self-Assembly; 13. Statistical Aspects of Structure and Change; PART IV; Biomolecular Spectroscopy; 14. Optical Techniques and Photobiology; 15. Magnetic Resonance; APPENDICES; 1. Units and Unit Conversions; 2. Essential Concepts of Mathematics; 3. Essential Concepts of Physics; 4. Review of Chemical Principles; DATA SECTION

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