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Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (Third Edition)  

Peter AtkinsLincoln College and Department of Chemistry, University of OxfordClose
George RatcliffeNew College and Department of Biology, University of OxfordClose
Mark WormaldCorpus Christi College and Department of Biochemistry, University of OxfordClose
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Julio de PaulaDepartment of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OregonClose
Published in Print:10 March 2023 Published Online:31 August 2023
Publisher:Oxford University Press


Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences explains how the principles of physical chemistry apply to the processes of life. Molecular assemblies, macromolecules, proteins, nucleic acids: they form a substantial part of all living organisms, from plants to humans. Indeed, they are critical for keeping them alive. But how do they operate? Chemical processes are at the core of life: understanding life means unveiling the physical principles on which it is built. The first few chapters look at biochemical thermodynamics, considering the first law and the second law. It also looks at phase equilibria, chemical equilibrium, and thermodynamics of ion and electron transport. The next set of chapters is about the kinetics of life processes. It looks at the rates of reactions, accounting for rate laws, and complex biochemical processes. The text then turns to biomolecular structure, and discusses microscopic systems and quantization, the chemical bond, and macromolecules and self-assembly. Finally, the text examines biomolecular spectroscopy, including optical techniques and photobiology and magnetic resonance.

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