Chemistry for the Biosciences: The Essential Concepts

Paperback | February 28, 2014

byJonathan Crowe, Tony Bradshaw

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Chemistry enables our eyes to detect the world around us; it determines whether something tastes sweet or sour; it helps genetic information pass accurately from one generation to the next. Ultimately, chemistry powers life itself. We don't need to dig very deep to answer the question: why dobiologists need chemistry? Building on the success of the first two editions, Chemistry for the Biosciences introduces students to all the chemistry they need to understand the biological world. Renowned for its clear and straightforward explanations, the book uses everyday examples and analogies throughout to help studentsget to grips with chemical concepts, and presents them in context of biological systems wherever possible so they can see how chemistry relates to their wider studies. With topics drawn from organic, physical and inorganic chemistry, students will encounter a broad range of essential concepts to master. Chemistry for the Biosciences includes many learning features - both in print and online - to help students grasp these concepts as quickly and thoroughly aspossible. From the self-check questions throughout each chapter to help consolidate learning, to the Chemical Toolkits and Maths Tools that help students explore terminology, methods, and numerical skills that may be unfamiliar, the book is written to be a true course companion for students onbiological and biomedical science degrees - one that will help them not only remember the essentials, but really understand them, setting students up for success in their later studies. Chemistry for the Biosciences 3/e is supported by an extensive Online Resource Centre, featuring: For registered adopters:* Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download;* A test bank of questions, with feedback linked to the text. Multiple-choice questions to aid exam preparation and revision;* Full solutions to self-check questions;* Data analysis and numerical practice worksheets;* Mini-tutorials that walk students through a range of key concepts introduced in the book.

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Chemistry enables our eyes to detect the world around us; it determines whether something tastes sweet or sour; it helps genetic information pass accurately from one generation to the next. Ultimately, chemistry powers life itself. We don't need to dig very deep to answer the question: why dobiologists need chemistry? Building on the ...

Jonathan Crowe is a science publisher and science writer based in Oxford, UK. A biochemist by background, Jonathan has extensive experience of making science accessible to a broad audience both through his science writing and science editing. As well as writing Chemistry for the Biosciences, he is also Deputy Editor of the digital sci...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 10.43 × 7.68 × 0.68 inPublished:February 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199662886

ISBN - 13:9780199662883

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: why biologists need chemistry2. Atoms: the foundations of life3. Compounds and chemical bonding: bringing atoms together4. Molecular interactions: holding it all together5. Moles, concentrations, and dilutions: making sense of chemical numbers6. Organic compounds 1: hydrocarbons as the framework of life7. Organic compounds 2: adding function to the framework of life8. Molecular shape and structure: life in three dimensions13. Isomerism: generating chemical variety10. Biological macromolecules: providing life's infrastructure11. Metals in biology: life beyond carbon12. Chemical reactions 1: bringing molecules to life13. Chemical reactions 2: reaction mechanisms driving the chemistry of life14. Energy: what makes reactions go?15. Equilibria: how far do reactions go?16. Kinetics: what affects the speed of a reaction?17. Acids, bases, and buffer solutions: life in an aqueous environment18. Chemical analysis: characterizing chemical compounds

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"Excellent in coverage and depth, with a clear and engaging structure." --Paul Hagan, Teaching Fellow, University of Ulster