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Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences [Hardcover]

Peter Atkins , Julio de Paula
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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June 17, 2005 0716786281 978-0716786283 1st
With its flexible organization, Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences is the perfect fit for today's life science students, allowing the instructors to present material from either a biochemistry or  physical chemistry perspective, depending on the goals of their course.

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this book provides an excellent insight into the subject of physical chemistry, understandable and suitable for both beginners and experts of chemistry. Internal Journal of Biological Macromolecules, August 2006 The authors succeed brilliantly in their aim to show that deep insights into the behaviour of biological systems can be gained by applying the principles of physical chemistry. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it without reservation to teachers and students alike. Chemistry World, January 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Professor Peter Atkins, Professor of Chemistry, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford Professor Julio de Paula, Professor of Chemistry, Haverford College, PA, USA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 699 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 1st edition (June 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716786281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716786283
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite undergrad physical biochem textbook December 14, 2006
Don't be misled by the title. This book isn't just a physical chemistry textbook "dumbed down" for biologists and biochemists. It's true that the material is introductory, but the authors don't shy away from the fundamental mathematics and their explanations of the underlying physical and thermodynamic concepts are exceptionally clear.

Further, the text moves beyond thermodynamics and kinetics (standard fare in intro p-chem) to introduce simple quantum chemistry, spectrometric theory, and approaches to biological structure determination (NMR and x-ray crystallography).

This book proved invaluable in my p-chem courses and in later structural biology courses.

Highly recommended for confused undergrads.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good material but confusing text and problem sets February 29, 2012
pros: It has very relevant biological examples and applications.

cons: The explanations of concepts are a bit confusing. Many of the derivations and examples skip steps and offer no clear definition of important variables used in the equations.
The problem sets are confusing as well and expect students to assume that numbers in the tables throughout the chapter and the back of the book are given values even though those tables frequently contain the answers already in them. I frequently ran into dead ends on problems when the book assumed I knew the density or heat capacity of some substance when it was a little side note in an example I worked in the chapter and not in any table or appendix.

I thought the material included was good and relevant, but I had a very hard time following the authors points and logic.

I wouldn't suggest using this book unless an instructor is around to help clarify the confusion and mistakes this book frequently contains.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solution manual A MUST HAVE December 18, 2013
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The solution manual actually taught more on how to do the problems than the actual book did. However, the book did do a nice job for those questions that you may have, but do not necessarily need for an exam. Conceptually, it's all there. Example problems were lacking and few in each chapter, but with the solutions manual, each problem does a good job of explaining major concepts and minor points.
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1.0 out of 5 stars On par with Harris's Analytical Chemistry Text November 4, 2010
The organization of this book is weak. The book alone cannot teach you Physical Chemistry - very hard to understand (not the subject but rather his explanations) so moving from section to section feels disjointed. Compared to his Physical Chemistry 8e textbook, Atkins failed to explain each concept thoroughly enough.
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