Biophysics DeMYSTiFied

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McGraw Hill Professional, Dec 6, 2010 - Science - 384 pages
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Learn BIOPHYSICS without expending a lot of ENERGY!

Interested in unraveling the physics of living things? Here's your starting point. Biophysics Demystified is the fast and easy way to understand this fascinating topic.

Written in a step-by-step format, this practical guide begins with an introduction to the science of biophysics, covering biophysical techniques and applications. Next, you'll learn the principles of physics, biology, and chemistry required to understand biophysics, including free energy, entropy, and statistical mechanics. Biomolecules and the forces that influence their structure and conformation are also covered, as are protein, nucleic acid, and membrane biophysics. Detailed examples and concise explanations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce key concepts.

It's a no-brainer! You'll get:

  • Molecular, subcellular, physiological, anatomical, and environmental biophysics
  • The laws of thermodynamics as they apply to biophysical systems
  • Forces affecting conformation in biological molecules
  • The composition and structure of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids
  • The fluid mosaic model

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Biophysics Demystified makes this interdisciplinary subject easy to master.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Biophysical Topics
11
Chapter 3 Biophysical Techniques and Applications
35
Chapter 4 Energy and Life
55
Chapter 5 Statistical Mechanics
75
Chapter 6 Forces Affecting Conformation in Biological Molecules
105
Chapter 7 Biomolecules 101
139
Chapter 8 The Cell
173
Chapter 10 Nucleic Acid Biophysics
221
Chapter 11 Membrane Biophysics
265
Chapter 12 Physiological and Anatomical Biophysics
293
Final Exam
315
Answers to Quizzes and Final Exam
341
Units Conversions and Constants
343
Glossary
347
Index
371

Chapter 9 Protein Biophysics
197

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About the author (2010)

Daniel Goldfarb has a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Virginia. He has done post-doctoral biophysics research, taught chemistry at Rutgers University, and written for the Biophysical Journal. Daniel is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and currently applies his background in physics and math to designing and developing sophisticated analytical software for large investment companies in the financial industry.

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