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Chemistry enables our eyes to detect the world around us; it determines whether something tastes sweet or sour; it helps genetic information pass accurately from one generation to the next. Ultimately, chemistry powers life itself. We don't need to dig very deep to answer the question: why do biologists need chemistry?
Building on the success of the first two editions, Chemistry for the Biosciences introduces students to all the chemistry they need to understand the biological world. Renowned for its clear and straightforward explanations, the book uses everyday examples and analogies throughout to help students get to grips with chemical concepts, and presents them in context of biological systems wherever possible so they can see how chemistry relates to their wider studies.
With topics drawn from organic, physical and inorganic chemistry, students will encounter a broad range of essential concepts to master. Chemistry for the Biosciences includes many learning features - both in print and online - to help students grasp these concepts as quickly and thoroughly as possible. From the self-check questions throughout each chapter to help consolidate learning, to the Chemical Toolkits and Maths Tools that help students explore terminology, methods, and numerical skills that may be unfamiliar, the book is written to be a true course companion for students on biological and biomedical science degrees - one that will help them not only remember the essentials, but really understand them, setting students up for success in their later studies.
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: Moles, concentrations, and dilutions: making sense of chemical numbers
6: Organic compounds 1: hydrocarbons as the framework of life
7: Organic compounds 2: adding function to the framework of life
8: Molecular shape and structure: life in three dimensions
13: Isomerism: generating chemical variety
10: Biological macromolecules: providing life's infrastructure
11: Metals in biology: life beyond carbon
12: Chemical reactions 1: bringing molecules to life
13: Chemical reactions 2: reaction mechanisms driving the chemistry of life
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 buffer solutions: life in an aqueous environment
18: Chemical analysis: characterizing chemical compounds
Review from previous edition
This book is the best of its kind on the market; Crowe and Bradshaw is superbly written, makes great use of analogy, and maintains good biological focus.' - James McEvoy, Lecturer in Biological Chemistry, Royal Holloway, University of London
'Excellent in coverage and depth, with a clear and engaging structure.' - Paul Hagan, Teaching Fellow, University of Ulster