Chemistry for the Biosciences: The Essential Concepts

Chemistry for the Biosciences: The Essential Concepts


By (author) Jonathan Crowe, By (author) Tony Bradshaw

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 264mm x 32mm | 1,678g
  • Publication date: 20 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199570876
  • ISBN 13: 9780199570874
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 303,187

Product description

Chemistry pervades our life, giving shape and character to the world around us. It moulds our climate, fuels our transport, gives food its taste and smell. Most of all, chemistry powers life itself. Chemistry for the Biosciences leads students through the essential concepts that are central to understanding biological systems, using everyday examples and analogies to build their confidence in an often daunting subject. Placing an emphasis on clear, straightforward explanations, it fosters understanding as opposed to rote learning; by using relevant biological examples throughout, it illustrates just how integral chemistry is to the biosciences. With scientific research placing more emphasis on the interface of chemistry and biology than ever before, few can not argue that mastering some essential chemical concepts is central to fully understanding biology itself. Chemistry for the Biosciences is the ideal teaching and learning resource to ensure today's biology students grasp these concepts, and appreciate their importance throughout the subject. The Online Resource Centre to accompany Chemistry for the Biosciences 2/e features For registered adopters * Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download * A testbank of over 200 questions to download and test your students For students * Full solutions to numerical self-check questions * A bank of online multiple-choice questions to check understanding and aid exam preparation

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I cannot rave enough about this book. I have spent months being utterly mystified on an Open University undergraduate chemistry course and I finally dropped out. I wish I had had this book at the time! Concepts that seemed completely incomprehensible are explained with everyday examples and suddenly everything becomes easy and perfectly logical - it is true, chemistry does make sense! This book is undoubtedly one of the best textbooks I have ever seen. I only wish I had found it sooner! Amazon Reviewer Anyone involved in a foundation chemistry course, especially for students with a limited chemical background, would do well to consider adopting this as a core text. Linda Mann, Education in Chemistry The text is clear and precise, and at times utterly delightful, with fantastic analogies that have remained in my head for weeks after reading it. Kirsty MacLeod, 4th year Zoology student, St. Andrews University The absolute best bit of this book for me, as someone who struggles with maths, is the way that the mathematical problems are explained in simple steps that do not assume a good level of prior knowledge. Stuart Fisk, 3rd year The second edition of Chemistry for the Biosciences: The Essential Concepts nicely plugs the gap between basic primers and more complex chemistry texts for those bioscientists needing a stronger understanding of the chemical foundation of life. Luke Hillary, University of York

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. Organic Compounds 1: the framework of life ; 6. Organic Compounds 2: adding function to the framework of life ; 7. Biological Macromolecules: providing life's infrastructure ; 8. Molecular Shape and Structure 1: from atoms to small molecules ; 9. Molecular Shape and Structure 2: the shape of large molecules ; 10. Isomerism: generating chemical variety ; 11. Chemical analysis 1: how do we know what is there? ; 12. Chemical analysis 2: how do we know how much is there? ; 13. Energy: what makes reactions go? ; 14. Kinetics: what affects the speed of a reaction? ; 15. Equilibria: how far do reactions go? ; 16. Acids, bases and the aqueous environment: the medium of life ; 17. Chemical reactions 1: bringing molecules to life ; 18. Chemical reactions 2: reaction mechanisms driving the chemistry of life