Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences

Raymond Chang
Williams College

Shorter, Streamlined, & Designed Expressly for the One-Semester Course

"This is an excellent text for our undergraduate bioscience students who require advanced training in physical chemistry. It is primarily a physical chemistry textbook, and it does not scrimp on the key concepts of thermodynamics, kinetics, and molecular quantum mechanics. At the same time, the presentation style is clear and understandable, and the text is sprinkled with just enough biochemistry to maintain our students’ interest."
--Alan Van Orden, Colorado State University

"Raymond Chang has flawlessly condensed the fundamental concepts of Physical Chemistry clearly and concisely in a one-semester text, giving insightful illustrations that make intuitive sense to the reader.  This text applies concepts in a way that will positively impact how Physical Chemistry is taught to students in the biological sciences."
--Raymond Esquerra, San Francisco State University

"I searched in vain for a suitable one-semester P. Chem. textbook.  With the publication of Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences by Raymond Chang, I now have a textbook that is just the right step up from what the students covered in General Chemistry with a focus appropriate for students going into the pre-medical sciences."
--Jimmie M. Purser, Millsaps College

“Having read the text closely, I am most impressed by the enormous effort Raymond Chang has made in producing a very user-friendly text and the pains to which he has gone to explain all concepts as clearly as possible.”
--Keith Orrell, University of Exeter

“In his new text, Chang clearly explains the fundamental principles of physical chemistry with an emphasis on biological systems. The mathematical derivations and examples are straightforward and easy to follow for undergraduate students.”
--Gary A. Lorigan, Miami University

Chang's newest text has been shortened, streamlined and optimized for a one-semester introductory course in physical chemistry for students of biosciences.  Most students enrolled in this course have taken general chemistry, organic chemistry, and a year of physics and calculus.  Only basic skills of differential and integral calculus are required for understanding the equations.  For premedical students, this text will form the basis for taking courses like physiology in medical school.  For those intending to pursue graduate study in biosciences, the material presented here will serve as an introduction to topics in biophysical chemistry courses, where more advanced texts such as those by Gennis, van Holde, and Cantor & Schimmel are used. The author's aim is to emphasize understanding physical concepts rather than focusing on precise mathematical development or on actual experimental details.  The end-of-chapter problems have both physiochemical and biological applications.  

A sample chapter if PDF format may be downloaded, as below.

A Solutions Manual is also available for students that provides detailed solutions to selected problems, and an Instructors' Manual and online art is available to adopting professors.

About the Author
Raymond Chang was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Shanghai and Hong Kong, China.  He received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from London University, England and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale University.  After doing postdoctoral research at Washington University and teaching for a year at Hunter College of the City University of New York, he joined the chemistry department at Williams College.  Chang has served on the American Chemical Society Examination Committee  and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Committee.  He is an editor of  The Chemical Educator and has authored books on general chemistry and spectroscopy.   

Translated into Japanese & Chinese

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