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Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences Hardcover – January 30, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1429231145 ISBN-10: 9781429231145 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 590 pages
  • Publisher: W.H. Freeman & Company; 2 edition (January 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781429231145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429231145
  • ASIN: 1429231149
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.7 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Hengenius on December 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookreviewer on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M Egan on 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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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Simmonds on November 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H on February 25, 2013
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This is a great book to learn from, either on your own (as I did), or as a text book for a class.
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