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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198555124
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/10/1980
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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Table of Contents

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Introduction
1 The consequences of physics and chemistry for life 3
2 Basic thermodynamics 11
3 Chemical potential and multiple component systems 34
4 Binding of ligends to macromolecules 54
5 Acids, bases and pH regulation 74
6 Oxidation-reduction reactions and electrochemistry 97
7 Chemical potentials and the properties of solutions 122
8 Ideal and non-ideal solutions 146
9 Basic chemical kinetics and single-step reactions 171
10 Applications of chemical kinetics to multistep reactions 197
11 Catalysis and enzyme kinetics 213
12 Multisubstrate enzyme kinetics and enzyme inhibition 237
13 Coupled reactions and biochemical pathways 257
14 Quantum mechanics: particles, waves and the quantisation of energy 275
15 Electrons in atoms 291
16 Bonding in molecules 304
17 Interaction of molecules with electromagnetic radiation 325
18 Non-covalent interactions and macromolecular structure 340
App. 1: Note on units and constants 361
App. 2: Mathematical tools needed for this text 363
App. 3: Answers to problems 367
Index 397
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