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Published: 16 December 2010

624 Pages | 480 colour line drawings


ISBN: 9780199564286

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Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Second Edition

Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula

  • Offers a fully integrated approach to the study of physical chemistry and biology; lecturers and students alike have a text that is truly tailor-made for their course.
  • Presents a conceptually challenging interdisciplinary subject with the clarity and lucidity for which the authors are renowned, making it the text of choice for teaching and learning from.
  • Every section of the text presents a core physical chemistry concept in tandem with its biological significance; the student is in no doubt as to the relevance of the physical concept to the study of biology.
  • All applications and exercises relate directly to life sciences systems, further contextualising the physical chemistry content for life sciences students.
  • The presentation of maths, and calculus in particular, covers only the essentials and each mathematical step is carefully justified, in order to build the students' confidence in the mathematical concepts underlying the subject.
  • An Online Resource Centre features additional resources for both students and lecturers.

New to this Edition:

  • New full-colour design and completely redrawn artwork programme.
  • Significant revision of the 'Fundamentals' chapter, to include Boltzmann theory and structural biology.
  • New and expanded coverage of numerous topics, including Hückel and Ligand theories.
  • New learning features, including Equation and Concept tags, used to flag up key pieces of information about equations, and Mathematical Toolkits, to deepen your understanding of mathematical concepts.
  • Updated case studies throughout.
  • 'Atlas' of biomolecular structures at the back of book depict the three-dimensional structures of a range of important biomolecules.

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