Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences|
Spring 2011 not offered
CHEM 381, MB&B 581, CHEM 581|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Biophysics|
This course is designed to provide students of biology, neurosciences, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biological chemistry with the foundations of physical chemistry relevant to the life sciences. The course is driven by consideration of a series of biological processes for which the concepts of physical chemistry provide a framework for explanation and understanding. The course will consist of three parts: thermodynamics, kinetics or rate processes, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Each part of the course is based on topics drawn from physiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry, the treatment of which motivates the introduction of physicochemical concepts and reasoning. Examples of topics include respiration, photosynthesis, ATP hydrolysis, active transport, vision, growth and decay processes, enzyme structure, and function and prebiotic evolution. The course is specifically designed to accommodate students with diverse scientific backgrounds and levels of mathematical preparation. An elementary review of all mathematical and computational methods required for the course will be provided. This course may also readily serve students of mathematics, physics, and chemistry as an introduction to applications of their subject area in the life sciences.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: (CHEM141 AND CHEM142 AND MATH117 AND CHEM251) OR (CHEM143 AND CHEM144 AND MATH121 AND CHEM251)
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CHEM-MN)(CHEM)(CIS)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(MB&B)(MOBI-MN)
I.Tinoco Jr, K.Sauer and J.C.Wang, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 4th ed., Prentice Hall, New York 2002.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly problem sets, three exams and a final poster presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Organic chemistry, at least taken concurrently, is necessary to understand some of the applications.
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