Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences Hardcover – 11 Feb 2005
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About the Author
RAYMOND CHANG was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Shanghai and Hong Kong, China. He received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from London University, UK and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale University USA. After doing postdoctoral research at Washington University and teaching for a year at Hunter College of the City University of New York, he joined the chemistry department at Williams College. Chang has served on the American Chemical Society Examination Committee and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Committee. He is an editor of The Chemical Educator and has authored books on general chemistry and spectroscopy.
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The biological examples in the textbook have been very useful in post-undergraduate research, both in lab practice and experiment development.
Compared to a standard physical chemistry textbook, you are losing a lot of the math and intricate details associated with pchem. However, what you lose in detail, you make up for in biological relevance.
An example being a study of the governing rate law in PCR.
Another great example is the role of quantum tunneling in enzyme mechanics.
This book will not hand-feed you the concepts. You will have to incorporate supplemental material. This is common for upper-division, specialized, or graduate level courses. The textbook will provide you with the core concepts, but it will be up to you to truly understand the governing maths and applications.
Best of luck in pchem!
It will all make sense about 6 months after the class ends.