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A Life Scientist's Guide to Physical Chemistry

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  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521186964

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  • 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.

    • All applications and exercises relate directly to life sciences systems, contextualizing physical chemistry for life sciences students
    • More than 350 exercises cover a wide range of biological applications and explain issues that students often find challenging
    • Problems at the end of each chapter, plus end-of-term review questions, encourage active and continuous study
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Roussel's text would be very well suited for our one-semester Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences course."
    Jochen Autschbach, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

    "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, Chemistry Department, University of Wyoming

    "The book will find grateful audiences throughout the life sciences. 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 manymore editions in the future."
    Dr. Bernard Dixon OBE, The Biologist

    "Overall, A Life Scientist's Guide to Physical Chemistry is a great text to support a one-semester undergraduate course in physical chemistry. It strengths are a student-friendly writing style, sufficient mathematical rigor without becoming mathematics-onerous, and a nice focus on thermodynamics and kinetics."
    David P. Pursell, Journal of Chemical Education

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521186964
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 113 b/w illus. 18 tables 360 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    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
    Index.

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  • Author

    Marc R. Roussel, University of Lethbridge, Alberta
    Marc R. Roussel is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. His research on the dynamics of biological systems lies at the interface of chemistry, biology and mathematics. He has been teaching physical chemistry for the past fifteen years.

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