A Life Scientist's Guide to Physical Chemistry

A Life Scientist's Guide to Physical Chemistry

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Marc R. Roussel
Cambridge University Press, 4/5/2012
EAN 9780521186964, ISBN10: 052118696X

Paperback, 456 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

Motivating students to engage with physical chemistry through biological examples, this textbook demonstrates how the tools of physical chemistry can be used to illuminate biological questions. It clearly explains key principles and their relevance to life science students, using only the most straightforward and relevant mathematical tools. More than 350 exercises are spread throughout the chapters, covering a wide range of biological applications and explaining issues that students often find challenging. These, along with problems at the end of each chapter and end-of-term review questions, encourage active and continuous study. Over 130 worked examples, many deriving directly from life sciences, help students connect principles and theories to their own laboratory studies. Connections between experimental measurements and key theoretical quantities are frequently highlighted and reinforced. Answers to the exercises are included in the book. Fully worked solutions and answers to the review problems, password-protected for instructors, are available at www.cambridge.org/roussel.

1. Orientation
what is physical chemistry about?
A note on graph axis labels and table headings
Part I. Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
2. A quick tour of quantum mechanical ideas
3. Spectroscopy
Part II. Thermodynamics
4. Thermodynamics preliminaries
5. The first law
6. The second law of thermodynamics
7. Free energy
8. Chemical equilibrium and coupled reactions
9. Non-ideal behavior
10. Electrochemistry
Part III. Kinetics
11. Basics of chemical kinetics
12. Initial rate experiments and simple empirical rate laws
13. Integrated rate laws
14. Complex reactions
15. Enzyme kinetics
16. Techniques for studying fast reactions
17. Factors that affect the rate constant
18. Diffusion and reactions in solution
Appendix A. End-of-term review problems
Appendix B. Answers to exercises
Appendix C. Standard thermodynamic properties at 298.15K and 1 bar
Appendix D. Standard reduction potentials at 298.15K
Appendix E. Physical properties of water
Appendix F. The SI system of units
Appendix G. Universal constants and conversion factors
Appendix H. Periodic table of the elements, with molar masses
Appendix I. Selected isotopic masses and abundances
Appendix J. Exponentials and logarithms
Appendix K. Review of integral calculus

'Roussel's text would be very well suited for our one-semester physical chemistry for life sciences course.' Jochen Autschbach, State University of New York, Buffalo

'Professor Roussel has produced a fantastic book for those interested in learning about physical chemistry. Although it is aimed at students of the life sciences, anyone can benefit from his clear explanations and worked examples. His writing style is very conversational, which makes reading the text a pleasure. The choices of problems are relevant and interesting, as are the suggested readings. I highly recommend this book to anyone who plans on teaching a course in physical chemistry for biochemists and molecular biologists.' Michael S. Sommer, University of Wyoming

'Although conversational in style … this is a rigorous, authoritative and yet remarkably up-to-date piece of work. It will be particularly enticing for biochemistry and molecular biology students, and seems destined to go through many more editions in future.' Dr Bernard Dixon OBE, The Biologist