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Biochemical Thermodynamics: Applications of Mathematica

ISBN: 978-0-471-75798-6
480 pages
March 2006
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Navigate the complexities of biochemical thermodynamics with Mathematica(r)

Chemical reactions are studied under the constraints of constant temperature and constant pressure; biochemical reactions are studied under the additional constraints of pH and, perhaps, pMg or free concentrations of other metal ions. As more intensive variables are specified, more thermodynamic properties of a system are defined, and the equations that represent thermodynamic properties as a function of independent variables become more complicated.

This sequel to Robert Alberty's popular Thermodynamics of Biochemical Reactions describes how researchers will find Mathematica(r) a simple and elegant tool, which makes it possible to perform complex calculations that would previously have been impractical. Biochemical Thermodynamics: Applications of Mathematica(r) provides a comprehensive and rigorous treatment of biochemical thermodynamics using Mathematica(r) to practically resolve thermodynamic issues.

Topics covered include:
* Thermodynamics of the dissociation of weak acids
* Apparent equilibrium constants
* Biochemical reactions at specified temperatures and various pHs
* Uses of matrices in biochemical thermodynamics
* Oxidoreductase, transferase, hydrolase, and lyase reactions
* Reactions at 298.15K
* Thermodynamics of the binding of ligands by proteins
* Calorimetry of biochemical reactions

Because Mathematica(r) allows the intermingling of text and calculations, this book has been written in Mathematica(r) and includes a CD-ROM containing the entire book along with macros that help scientists and engineers solve their particular problems.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Thermodynamics of the Dissociation of Weak Acids.

Chapter 2: Introduction to Apparent Equilibrium Constants.

Chapter 3: Biochemical Reactions at Specified Temperature and Various pHs.

Chapter 4: Biochemical Reactions at Various pHs and Various Temperatures.

Chapter 5: Biochemical Reactions at Various pHs, pMgs, and Various Temperatures.

Chapter 6: Development of a Database on Species.

Chapter 7: Uses of Matrices in Biochemical Thermodynamics.

Chapter 8: Oxidoreductase Reactions (Class 1) at 298.15 K.

Chapter 9: Transferase Reactions (Class 2) at 298.15 K.

Chapter 10: Hydrolase Reactions (Class 3) at 298.15 K.

Chapter 11: Lyase Reactions (Class 4), Isomerase Reactions (Class 5), and Ligase Reactions (Class 6) at 298.15 K.

Chapter 12: Survey of Reactions at 298.15 K.

Chapter 13: Survey of Reactions at Various Temperatures.

Chapter 14: Thermodynamics of th Binding of Ligands by Proteins.

Chapter 15: Calorimetry of Biochemical Reactions.


1. BasicBiochemData3.nb.

2. Tables of Transformed Thermodynamic Properties.

3. Glossary of Names of Reactants.

4. Glossary of Symbols for Thermodynamic Properties.

5. List of Mathemutica Programs.

6. Sources of Biochemical Thermodynamic Information on the Web.


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Author Information

ROBERT A. ALBERTY is the Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Professor Alberty received a BS in 1943 from the University of Nebraska, an MS in 1944 from the University of Nebraska, and a PhD in 1947 from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Thermodynamics of Biochemical Reactions, also from Wiley.
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