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Molecular driving forces : statistical thermodynamics in chemistry and biology

Author: Ken A Dill; Sarina Bromberg
Publisher: New York : Garland Science, ©2003.
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This text shows how many complex behaviors of molecules can result from a few simple physical processes. A central theme is the idea that simplistic models can give surprisingly accurate insights into the workings of the molecular world. Written in a clear and student-friendly style, the book gives an excellent introduction to the field for novices. It should also be useful to those who want to refresh their  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ken A Dill; Sarina Bromberg
ISBN: 0815320515 9780815320517
OCLC Number: 47915710
Description: xx, 666 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Contents: 1. Principles of Probability --
2. Extremum Principles Predict Equilibria --
3. Heat, Work & Energy --
4. Math Tools: Series and Approximations --
5. Multivariate Calculus --
6. Entropy & the Boltzmann Distribution Law --
7. Thermodynamic Driving Forces --
8. Free Energies --
9. Maxwell's Relations & Mixtures --
10. Boltzmann Distribution Law --
11. Statistical Mechanics of Simple Gases and Solids --
12. Temperature, Heat Capacity --
13. Chemical Equilibria --
14. Equilibria Between Liquids, Solids, and Gases --
15. Solutions and Mixtures --
16. Solvation and Transfers of Molecules Between Phases --
17. Vector Calculus --
18. Physical Kinetics --
19. Chemical Kinetics & Transition States --
20. Coulomb's Law --
21. The Electrostatic Potential --
22. Electrochemical Equilibria --
23. Salt Ions Shield Charged Objects --
24. Intermolecular Interactions --
25. Phase Transitions --
26. Cooperativity --
27. Adsorption, Binding & Catalysis --
28. Multi-site Cooperative Ligand Binding --
29. Water --
30. Water as a Solvent --
31. Polymer Solutions --
32. Polymer Elasticity --
33. Polymers Resist Confinement & Deformation --
App. C. Useful Taylor Series Expansions.
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