Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences by Peter AtkinsPhysical Chemistry for the Life Sciences by Peter Atkins

Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences

byPeter Atkins, Julio de Paula

Paperback | January 16, 2011

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Physical chemistry lies at the heart of the behaviour of those macromolecules and molecular assemblies that have vital roles in all living organisms. Physical principles determine the stability of proteins and nucleic acids, the rate at which biochemical reactions proceed, the transport ofmolecules across biological molecules; they allow us to describe structure and reactivity in complex biological systems, and make sense of how these systems operate.Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences provides 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 ofphysical 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, howrates 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 finalsection, Biomolecular Spectroscopy, describes the major techniques in biochemistry that are being applied to help us to explore biochemical processes and systems ever further. Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences places emphasis on clear explanations of difficult concepts, with an eye toward building insight into biochemical phenomena. An extensive range of learning features, including worked examples, illustrations, self-tests, and case studies, support studentlearning throughout, while special attention is given to providing extensive help to students with those mathematical concepts and techniques that are so central to a sound understanding of physical chemistry.Balancing clarity and rigor of exposition of basic concepts with extensive discussion of biological techniques and processes, Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences is the perfect resource for every life science student who seeks to master those essentials of physical chemistry that underpin lifeitself.Online Resource Centre:For students:* Web links for each chapter, pointing students to interesting sources of related information and data, to facilitate self-directed learning* A list of key equations for each chapter, to help students revise and master the key mathematical concepts that underpin the subject* Living graphs, which present graphs from the text in interactive format, and enable students to strengthen their learning by manipulating key variables and exploring the consequeneces* Three-dimensional, interactive models of the biomolecules appearing in the end-of-book atlas of structuresFor registered adopters of the book:* Figures in electronic format
Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and the author of more than sixty books for students and a general audience. His texts are market leaders around the globe. A frequent lecturer in the United States and throughout the world, he has held visiting professorships in France, Israel, Japan, China, and N...
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Title:Physical Chemistry for the Life SciencesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 10.43 × 7.68 × 0.93 inPublished:January 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199564280

ISBN - 13:9780199564286

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Table of Contents

Part 1 - Biochemical Thermodynamics1. The First Law2. The Second Law3. Phase Equilibria4. Chemical Equilibrium5. Thermodynamics of Ion and Electron TransportPart 2- The Kinetics of Life Processes6. The Rates of Reactions7. Accounting for the Rate Laws8. Complex Biochemical ProcessesPart 3 - Biomolecular Structure9. Microscopic Systems and Quantization10. The Chemical Bond11. Macromolecules and Self-AssemblyPart 4 - Biomolecular Spectroscopy12. Optical Techniques and Photobiology14. Magnetic Resonance

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"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