"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
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
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
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
--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.
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