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About this book
About this book
This book is ideal for use in a one-semester introductory course in physical chemistry for students of life sciences. The author's aim is to emphasize the understanding of physical concepts rather than focus on precise mathematical development or on actual experimental details. Subsequently, only basic skills of differential and integral calculus are required for understanding the equations. The end-of-chapter problems have both physiochemical and biological applications.
Introduction; Properties of Gases; The First Law of Thermodynamics; The Second Law of Thermodynamics; Solutions; Chemical Equilibrium; Electrochemistry; Acids and Bases; Chemical Kinetics; Enzyme Kinetics; Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Structure; The Chemical Bond; Intermolecular Forces; Spectroscopy; Photochemistry and Photobiology; Macromolecules; Appendices; Glossary; Answers to Even-Numbered Computational Problems; Index
Raymond Chang was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Shanghai and Hong Kong, China. He received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from London University, UK and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale University USA. After doing postdoctoral research at Washington University and teaching for a year at Hunter College of the City University of New York, he joined the chemistry department at Williams College. Chang has served on the American Chemical Society Examination Committee and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Committee. He is an editor of The Chemical Educator and has authored books on general chemistry and spectroscopy.