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Chemistry for the Biosciences

The Essential Concepts

Fourth Edition

Jonathan Crowe and Tony Bradshaw

23 April 2021

ISBN: 9780198791041

776 pages

In Stock

Price: £42.99

Through clear explanations and straightforward analogies, Chemistry for the Biosciences introduces you to all the chemistry needed to understand the biological world.


Chemistry for the Biosciences introduces the essential concepts of chemistry central to understanding biological systems. With an emphasis on straightforward explanations, it features biological examples that illustrate how integral chemistry is to the biosciences, and includes learning features to help students master the essentials.

  • Focuses on those key chemical concepts that bioscience students need to understand, making its scope directly relevant to the target audience.
  • A conversational style and everyday analogies are used throughout, helping students to relate unfamiliar concepts to situations and experiences that they are familiar with in order to boost their confidence in the subject.
  • Opportunities for problem-solving, both in the book and online, encourage the reader to master key concepts and develop important numerical and data-handling skills.
  • The assumption of limited prior knowledge makes it an ideal 'leveller', suitable for students from a range of backgrounds.
  • Rich pedagogy in print and online makes learning as effective as possible.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • More biological context blended into the main text to increase motivation and relevance for bioscience students
  • Chemical Toolkits moved closer to the point in the text to which they relate
  • New Chemical Toolkits on drawing cyclic structures and Fischer projections
  • New Maths Tool on powers, and expanded Maths Tool on ratios
  • Topics covered for the first time include the centrality of the chemistry of water to biological systems, the notion of quantitative reasoning, the Bohr model of atomic structure, formal charge, axial and equatorial groups, Fischer projections, and capillary electrophoresis
  • Existing topics whose coverage has been enhanced or expanded include valency, biological enantiomers, balanced equations and stoichiometry, and glycolysis and the citric acid cycle
  • Restructuring sees the discussion of the rates of equilibrium reactions integrated into chapter 16

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Crowe, Oxford, UK, and Tony Bradshaw, Principal Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

Jonathan Crowe is a publisher and science writer based in Oxford, UK. A biochemist by background, Jonathan has extensive experience of making science accessible to a broad audience both through his science writing and science editing. As well as writing Chemistry for the Biosciences, he is also a visiting lecturer at City, University of London, and associate lecturer at Bath Spa University.

Tony Bradshaw is a Principal Lecturer in Biochemistry at Oxford Brookes University.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction: why biologists need chemistry
    2:Atoms: the foundations of life
    3:Compounds and chemical bonding: bringing atoms together
    4:Molecular interactions: holding it all together
    5:Moles, concentrations, and dilutions: making sense of chemical numbers
    6:Hydrocarbons: the framework of life
    7:Functional groups: adding function to the framework of life
    8:Molecular shape and structure: life in three dimensions
    9:Isomerism: generating chemical variety
    10:Biological macromolecules: the infrastructure of life
    11:Metals in biology: life beyond carbon
    12:Chemical reactions, oxidation, and reduction: bringing molecules to life
    13:Reaction mechanisms: the chemical changes that drive the chemistry of life
    14:Energy: what makes reactions go?
    15:Equilibria: how far do reactions go?
    16:Kinetics: what affects the speed of a reaction?
    17:Acids, bases, and buffer solutions: life in an aqueous environment
    18:Chemical analysis: characterizing chemical compounds

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The fourth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.
- The ebook offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
- The extensive online resources feature:

For registered adopters:
A list of student learning objectives;
Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download;
A test bank of questions, with feedback linked to the text.

For students:
A list of learning objectives;
Multiple-choice questions to aid exam preparation and revision;
Full solutions to self-check questions;
Data analysis and numerical practice worksheets;
Links to YouTube video tutorials that provide fuller explanations of a range of numerical concepts.

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