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Biological Thermodynamics

2nd Edition

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  • This inter-disciplinary guide to the thermodynamics of living organisms has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a uniquely integrated overview of the subject. Retaining its highly readable style, it will serve as an introduction to the study of energy transformation in the life sciences and particularly as an accessible means for biology, biochemistry and bioengineering undergraduate students to acquaint themselves with the physical dimension of their subject. The emphasis throughout the text is on understanding basic concepts and developing problem-solving skills. The mathematical difficulty increases gradually by chapter, but no calculus is required. Topics covered include energy and its transformation, the First Law of Thermodynamics, Gibbs free energy, statistical thermodynamics, binding equilibria and reaction kinetics. Each chapter comprises numerous illustrative examples taken from different areas of biochemistry, as well as a broad range of exercises and references for further study.

    • Specifically written for life science students with mathematics kept to a minimum so that the scientific concepts are not obscured by mathematical detail
    • Each chapter features a vignette integrating current interdisciplinary knowledge on a key biological topic
    • Solutions to end of chapter problems available online to instructors
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2008
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511380563
    • contains: 125 b/w illus. 25 tables 250 exercises
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    1. Energy transformation
    2. The First Law of Thermodynamics
    3. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
    4. Gibbs free energy - theory
    5. Gibbs free energy - applications
    6. Statistical thermodynamics
    7. Binding equilibria
    8. Reaction kinetics
    9. The frontier of biological thermodynamics
    10. Appendices
    Glossary
    Index of names
    Subject index.

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    Biological Thermodynamics

    Donald T. Haynie

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    Donald T. Haynie, Central Michigan University
    DON HAYNIE is Founder and Chief Scientist of Artificial Cell Technologies, Inc., Director of the Bionanosystems Engineering Laboratory and Research Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Central Michigan University, and a Clinical Professor at University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Former members of his research group are at Harvard Medical School, King's College London, Schering-Plough, and Pacific Nanotechnology. He has held academic appointments at Johns Hopkins University, University of Oxford, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and Louisiana Tech University, in departments of biophysics, biomolecular sciences, biomedical engineering, chemistry, and physics. He has taught thermodynamics to biology, biochemistry, and engineering students world-wide.

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