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Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (3rd edition)
Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (3rd edition)

Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (3rd edition)

Peter Atkins; Julio de Paula; George Ratcliffe; Mark Wormald
  • Offers a fully integrated approach to the study of physical chemistry and biology; lecturers and students alike have a text that is truly tailor-made for their course.
  • Strong pedagogical approach emphasises biological perspectives and the link between concepts and practical applications through worked examples, exercises, and problems throughout.
  • Every section of the text presents a core physical chemistry concept in tandem with its biological significance; the student is in no doubt as to the relevance of the physical concept to the study of biology.
  • All applications and exercises relate directly to life sciences systems, further contextualising the physical chemistry content for life sciences students.
  • The presentation of maths, and calculus in particular, covers only the essentials and each mathematical step is carefully justified, in order to build the students' confidence in the mathematical concepts underlying the subject.
  • Research-based newly developed structure emphasising in topics and providing a flexible and adaptative approach.
  • The highly visual presentation helps student to understand even the most complex concepts.

New to this Edition:

  • Two new highly experienced biologists brought on to reinforce the application of physical chemistry concepts in biological contexts.
  • Significant re-working of the book structure in Topics and Focus to improve digestibility and flexibility.
  • New coverage on spectroscopy techniques covering the latest developments and challenges of teaching this topic
  • Updated and revised Chemist's toolkits review mathematical and physical concepts to enhance understanding, and to develop both mathematical skills and problem-solving
  • Extended coverage of challenging material is provided by the new A deeper look feature
  • Newly developed set of exercises, with accompanying solutions manual available for instructors, to provide extra support and teaching resources

Molecular assemblies, macromolecules, proteins, nucleic acids: they form a substantial part of all living organisms, from plants to humans. Indeed, they are critical for keeping them alive. But how do they operate? Chemical processes are at the core of life: understanding life means unveiling the physical principles on which it is built.
From thermodynamics to molecular interactions, Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences 3rd edition explains how the principles of physical chemistry apply to the processes of life. Offering worked examples and multiple case studies throughout, students are supported to master even the most complex concepts and how they apply in biological contexts, while acquiring key problem-solving and mathematical skills.
Directly addressing the main challenges faced by students, its pedagogically rich approach provides an accessible and holistic guide The extended scope of this new edition includes the essential techniques that can be used to characterize biological systems, including biochemical spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and spectrometry.


Focus   1: Biochemical Thermodynamics: The First Law
Focus   2: Biochemical Thermodynamics: The Second Law
Focus   3: Water and Aqueous solutions
Focus   4: Chemical equilibrium
Focus   5: Ion and Electron Transport
Focus   6: The Rates of Reactions
Focus   7: Biochemical kinetics
Focus   8: Atoms
Focus   9: Molecules
Focus 10: Macromolecules and self-assembly
Focus 11: Biochemical spectroscopy
Focus 12: Scattering techniques
Focus 13: Gravimetric methods

About the author: 

Peter Atkins, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford, Julio de Paula, Professor of Chemistry, Lewis and Clark College, George Ratcliffe, Tutor in Biochemistry; Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, and Mark Wormald, Senior Tutor, University of Oxford
Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and emeritus professor of physical chemistry. He is the author of over seventy books for students and a general audience. His texts are market leaders around the globe. A frequent lecturer in the United States and throughout the world, he has held visiting professorships in France, Israel, Japan, China, Russia, the USA, and New Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Committee on Chemistry Education of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and was a member of IUPAC's Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division. Peter was the 2016 recipient of the American Chemical Society's Grady-Stack Award for the communication of chemistry.
R. George Ratcliffe is an Emeritus Fellow of New College in the University of Oxford and Emeritus Professor of Plant Sciences. He was formerly Head of the Department of Plant Sciences, and throughout his career he was extensively involved in the teaching of undergraduate chemists, biologists, and biochemists. He has received awards for excellence in teaching from the University of Oxford, and he co-authored a successful student text with Mark Wormald. He has long-standing interests in NMR spectroscopy, mitochondrial metabolism, metabolic flux analysis, and metabolic modelling. 
Mark Wormald is Senior Tutor and Tutorial Fellow in Biochemistry and Chemistry at Corpus Christi College in the University of Oxford, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Biochemistry, and a University Research Lecturer in the Oxford Glycobiology Institute. He has received a Teaching Excellence Award and a Teaching Project Award from the University, and has twice been shortlisted for the Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Medical Sciences Division in the Oxford Student Union Teaching Awards. He has previously co-authored a successful undergraduate biochemistry textbook with George Ratcliffe. His research interests are in the solution structure and dynamics of oligosaccharides and related compounds, glycopeptides, and glycoproteins.
Julio de Paula is a Professor of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College. A native of Brazil, he received a B.A. degree in chemistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Yale University. His research activities encompass the areas of molecular spectroscopy, biophysical chemistry, and nanoscience. He has taught courses in general chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, instrumental analysis, and writing. Julio was a recipient of the 2020 STAR Award, given by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Product details

ISBN : 9780198830108

Peter Atkins; Julio de Paula; George Ratcliffe; Mark Wormald
488 Pages
219 x 276 mm mm
Pub date
Mar 2023
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Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (3rd edition)

Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (3rd edition)

Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (3rd edition)