Synopses & Reviews
Chemistry pervades our life. It molds our climate, fuels our transport, and gives food its taste and smell. Chemistry powers life itself.
Chemistry for the Biosciences leads students through the essential concepts in chemistry that are central to understanding biological systems, using everyday examples and analogies to bring the subject to life. With an emphasis on clear, straightforward explanations, it features biological examples throughout to illustrate just how integral chemistry is to the biosciences.
With topics drawn from organic, physical, and inorganic chemistry, the book features a broad range of essential concepts to master. Chemistry for the Biosciences includes many pedagogical tools to help students grasp these concepts as quickly and thoroughly as possible. From the self-check questions throughout each chapter, to the Chemical Toolkits and Maths Tools that help students explore terminology, methods, and unfamiliar numerical skills, the book is written to be a guide for biology students - one that will help them not only remember the essentials, but truly understand them.
About the Author
Jonathan Crowe is a science publisher and science writer based in Oxford, UK. A biochemist by training, he is also Deputy Editor of the digital science publication, Guru Magazine.
Tony Bradshaw is Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at York St John 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. The mole, concentrations, and dilutions: making sense of chemical numbers
6. Organic compounds 1: the framework of life
7. Organic compounds 2: adding function to the framework of life
8. Biological macromolecules: providing life's infrastructure
9. Chemical reactions 1: bringing molecules to life
10. Chemical reactions 2: reaction mechanisms driving the chemistry of life
11. Molecular shape and structure 1: from atoms to small molecules
12. Molecular shape and structure 2: the shape of large molecules
13. Isomerism: generating chemical variety
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 the aqueous environment: the medium of life
18. Chemical analysis: how do we know what molecules we have?