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  • Hardcover: 772 pages
  • Publisher: University Science Books (11 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891389335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891389337
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.1 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,148,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9686b180) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96db5174) out of 5 stars Great for Bio-related fields. Probably mediocre for pure chemists/mathematicians. 24 July 2014
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Format: Hardcover
Surprisingly good.
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96659f3c) out of 5 stars Barebones 13 Mar. 2014
By Audrey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book skims over concepts and instead focuses on equations. Equations are great and all but more conceptual knowledge of the subject would definitely help you understand the equations and make it easier to memorize. Instead, it is a very barebones textbook. Covers the topics you need to know, and writes just enough of the topics so you can understand what concept they're positing an equation for.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x966758a0) out of 5 stars Purchased for Quantum Chemistry class. Clearly communicates ideas. Easy to read. 1 Feb. 2015
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Quite possibly one of the best textbooks I have ever used. Each chapter is short an concise and effectively communicates large quantities of information in only a few short pages. I can learn more by spending 2 hours with this textbook than I can from an entire week of attending lecture. Buy this book.
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HASH(0x967c496c) out of 5 stars Great "distilled" p-chem book! 28 Nov. 2015
By KChacon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We used this textbook in a two-term physical chemistry for biochemists course when I was an undergrad. It still requires calculus and full derivation in order to successfully understand the concepts, and I would say it does NOT dilute the key concepts of physical chemistry. Rather, it distills them into a more digestible form that is more relevant to a biological chemist. I absolutely love the clear and concise way this book is written, and the accompanying solutions manual was pretty useful, too. I use this book to this day to brush up on concepts as well as for helping my more advanced college freshmen understand more about general chemistry (even though I have a McQuarrie and Simon P-Chem book sitting on my shelf!).
HASH(0x9714a054) out of 5 stars One of the best books I came across at the library when studying ... 24 Oct. 2015
By Heidi Therese Hillier - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best books I came across at the library when studying biophysical chem. I have a very a biological background, so I have little experience with the different methods and basic physical concept - and found this book to be extremely clear! This might not be the best book for someone who is very familiar with the topic, but I will definitely advise students who are "scared" or have a weak background in this field to get this book for their course (!!).
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