Principles and Problems in Physical Chemistry for Biochemists / Edition 3

Principles and Problems in Physical Chemistry for Biochemists / Edition 3

by Nicholas C. Price, Raymond A. Dwek, Mark Wormald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198792816

ISBN-13: 9780198792819

Pub. Date: 01/10/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

What use is physical chemistry to the student of biochemistry and biology? This central question is answered in this book mainly through the use of worked examples and problems. The book starts by introducing the laws of thermodynamics, and then uses these laws to derive the equations relevant to the student in dealing with chemical equilibria (including the

Overview

What use is physical chemistry to the student of biochemistry and biology? This central question is answered in this book mainly through the use of worked examples and problems. The book starts by introducing the laws of thermodynamics, and then uses these laws to derive the equations relevant to the student in dealing with chemical equilibria (including the binding of small molecules to proteins), properties of solutions, acids and bases, and oxidation-reduction processes. The student is thus shown how a knowledge of thermodynamic qualities makes it possible to predict whether, and how, a reaction will proceed.
Thermodynamics, however, gives no information about how fast a reaction will happen. The study of the rates at which processes occur (kinetics) forms the second main theme of the book. This section poses and answers questions such as 'how is the rate of a reaction affected by temperature, pH, ionic strength, and the nature of the reactants? These same ideas are then shown to be useful in the study of enzyme-catalysed reactions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198792819
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/10/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
1. The consequences of physics and chemistry for life
THE ENERGETICS OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS
2. Basic thermodynamics
3. Chemical potential and multiple component systems
4. Binding of ligands to macromolecules
5. Acids, bases and pH regulation
6. Oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry
7. Properties of solutions
8. Ideal and non-ideal systems
THE RATES OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS
9. Basic chemical kinetics and single-step reactions
10. Applications of chemical kinetics to multi-step reactions
11. Catalysis and enzyme kinetics
12. Multi-substrate enzyme kinetics and enzyme inhibition
13. Coupled reactions and biochemical pathways
ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR STRUCTURE
14. Quantum mechanics: particles, waves and the quantization of energy
15. Electrons in atoms
16. Bonding in molecules
17. Introduction to atomic and molecular spectroscopy
18. Non-covalent interactions and macromolecular structure
APPENDICES
A1. note on units and constants
A2. Mathematical tools needed for this text
A3. Answers to problems

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