Spring 2015 - MBB 323 D100
Introduction to Physical Biochemistry (3)
Class Number: 3982
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 20, 2015
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
Prerequisites:MATH 152 (or 155), PHYS 121 (or 102, or 126, or 141), CHEM 122 (or 102), MBB 222 with a minimum grade of C.
Introduction to physical biochemistry including rigorous treatment of thermodynamics and molecular transport and interactions with specific emphasis on biochemical and molecular biological processes. CHEM 360 may be substituted as an alternative to this requirement for MBB majors.
Students will be introduced to three major topics forming the basis of Physical Biochemistry: thermodynamics, spectroscopy and kinetics.
Weeks 1 – 5: Thermodynamic principles and applications
Weeks 6 – 10: Introduction to spectroscopy - from energy levels to biomolecular structure
Weeks 11 – 13: Kinetics – reaction rates and mechanisms
Class structure: 3 lectures, 1 tutorial, 0 lab hours/week
- Problem Sets/Quizzes 25%
- Midterm 25%
- Final Examination 50%
Raymond Chang, Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences. 2005. University Science Books.
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