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Biophysical Chemistry

ISBN: 978-1-4051-2436-2
512 pages
September 2008, ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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"Biophysical Chemistry is an outstanding book that delivers both fundamental and complex biophysical principles, along with an excellent overview of the current biophysical research areas, in a manner that makes it accessible for mathematically and non-mathematically inclined readers." (Journal of Chemical Biology, February 2009)

 

This text presents physical chemistry through the use of biological and biochemical topics, examples and applications to biochemistry. It lays out the necessary calculus in a step by step fashion for students who are less mathematically inclined, leading them through fundamental concepts, such as a quantum mechanical description of the hydrogen atom rather than simply stating outcomes. Techniques are presented with an emphasis on learning by analyzing real data.

  • Presents physical chemistry through the use of biological and biochemical topics, examples and applications to biochemistry
  • Lays out the necessary calculus in a step by step fashion for students who are less mathematically inclined
  • Presents techniques with an emphasis on learning by analyzing real data
  • Features qualitative and quantitative problems at the end of each chapter
  • All art available for download online and on CD-ROM
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Preface.

1. Basic Thermodynamic and Biochemical Concepts.

Part 1: Thermodynamics and Kinetics:.

2. First Law of Thermodynamics.

3. Second Law of Thermodynamics.

4. Phase Diagrams, Mixtures, and Chemical Potential.

5. Equilibria and Reactions Involving Protons.

6. Oxidation/Reduction Reactions and Bioenergetics.

7. Kinetics and Enzymes.

8. The Boltzmann Distribution and Statistical Thermodynamics.

Part 2: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy:.

9. Quantum Theory: Introduction and Principles.

10. Particle in a Box and Tunneling.

11. Vibrational Motion and Infrared Spectroscopy.

12. Atomic Structure: Hydrogen Atom and Multi-Electron Atoms.

13. Chemical Bonds and Protein Interactions.

14. Electronic Transitions and Optical Spectroscopy.

15. X-Ray Diffraction and Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure.

16. Magnetic Resonance.

Part 3: Understanding Biological Systems using Physical Chemistry:.

17. Signal Transduction.

18. Membrane Potentials, Transporters, and Channels.

19. Molecular Imaging.

20. Photosynthesis.

References and Further Reading.

Problems.

Answers to Problems.

Index

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James Allen is a professor at Arizona State University. He has won numerous honors including several study sections with the National Institutes for Health and was selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
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  • A rigorous, up-to-date text presenting physical chemistry through the use of biological and biochemical topics, examples, and applications to biochemistry, with cases drawn from timely research areas in biochemistry

  • Emphasizes important advances in biochemistry

  • Concepts are crystallized by an integrative examination of current research problems

  • Designed to accommodate students without presuming unrealistic prior knowledge of maths theory, it explains essential calculus models in a step-by-step fashion, and enables teachers to have flexibility in deciding which derivations to use in class

  • Every chapter features important recent advances in biochemistry, an examination of current research problems, maths and derivation boxes to guide students, and examples of both numerical and concept-based problems

  • Students are guided through an in-depth understanding of fundamental concepts and techniques are presented with an emphasis on learning through analysis of real data
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"Biophysical Chemistry is an outstanding book that delivers both fundamental and complex biophysical principles, along with an excellent overview of the current biophysical research areas, in a manner that makes it accessible for mathematically and non-mathematically inclined readers." (Journal of Chemical Biology, February 2009)

"This is strongly recommended as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students with backgrounds in the physical and biological sciences. It will also prove extremely useful to university and high school educators, medical doctors, and researchers who want to go beyond a surface treatment of biological phenomenology to its roots in physics and chemistry." (Doody's, February, 2009)

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