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Readership: Foundation level and first year undergraduate bioscience students, particularly those without A-level chemistry.
Jonathan Crowe and Tony Bradshaw, Head of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University
"I cannot rave enough about this book. I have spent months being utterly mystified on an Open University undergraduate chemistry course and I finally dropped out. I wish I had had this book at the time! Concepts that seemed completely incomprehensible are explained with everyday examples and suddenly everything becomes easy and perfectly logical - it is true, chemistry does make sense! This book is undoubtedly one of the best textbooks I have ever seen. I only wish I had found it sooner!
"Anyone involved in a foundation chemistry course, especially for students with a limited chemical background, would do well to consider adopting this as a core text.
" - Linda Mann, Education in Chemistry
"The text is clear and precise, and at times utterly delightful, with fantastic analogies that have remained in my head for weeks after reading it." - Kirsty MacLeod, 4th year Zoology student, St. Andrews University
"The absolute best bit of this book for me, as someone who struggles with maths, is the way that the mathematical problems are explained in simple steps that do not assume a good level of prior knowledge." - Stuart Fisk, 3rd year
"The second edition of Chemistry for the Biosciences: The Essential Concepts nicely plugs the gap between basic primers and more complex chemistry texts for those bioscientists needing a stronger understanding of the chemical
foundation of life." - Luke Hillary, University of York
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: Organic Compounds 1: the framework of life
6: Organic Compounds 2: adding function to the framework of life
7: Biological Macromolecules: providing life's infrastructure
8: Molecular Shape and Structure 1: from atoms to small molecules
9: Molecular Shape and Structure 2: the shape of large molecules
10: Isomerism: generating chemical variety
11: Chemical analysis 1: how do we know what is there?
12: Chemical analysis 2: how do we know how much is there?
13: Energy: what makes reactions go?
14: Kinetics: what affects the speed of a reaction?
15: Equilibria: how far do reactions go?
16: Acids, bases and the aqueous environment: the medium of life
17: Chemical reactions 1: bringing molecules to life
18: Chemical reactions 2: reaction mechanisms driving the chemistry of life