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Our world has been transformed by science and technology. The impact of science on the quality of human life is profound. To beginning students, the scientific disciplines that daily influence their lives often seem mysterious and incomprehensible. Those of us who enjoy the study of science, however, find it a fascinating and rewarding experience precisely because it can provide reasonable explanations for seemingly mysterious phenomena.
Chemistry and Life has been written in that spirit. We help explain apparently obscure phenomena in an informal, readable style. We assume that the student has little or no chemistry background, so we clearly explain each new concept as it is introduced. Chemical principles and biological applications are carefully integrated throughout the text, with liberal use of drawings, diagrams, and photographs.
For this new edition, the entire text has been updated to reflect the latest scientific knowledge. In addition, we have responded to suggestions of users and reviewers of the fifth edition and used our own writing and teaching experience to make some important improvements.
Our selection of topics and choice of examples make the text especially appropriate for students in health and life sciences, but it is also suitable for anyone seeking to become a better-informed citizen of our technological society. The text provides ample material for a full-year course. We consciously increase the sophistication of chemical understanding as the student progresses through the chapters.
Selected Topics Offer Flexibility to the Instructor
We have included in this edition, as in past editions, a number of Selected Topics that cover key optional material in additional detail. These are introduced at the appropriate times (for example, the Selected Topic on Vitamins, which discusses key coenzymes, follows immediately after the chapter on Enzymes), and each includes its own end-of-topic problems. These Selected Topics offer instructors maximal flexibility; they may be omitted or assigned as outside reading without loss of continuity.
New to this edition:
In this new edition, unit conversions and significant figures are now in Chapter 1. VSEPR theory and the shapes of molecules are in Chapter 3, with our discussion of chemical bonding. Nuclear chemistry is now Chapter 12, following the general chemistry part of the text and just before the organic chapters. The chapters dealing with metabolism (24-27) have been extensively reorganized and rewritten and include a more complete discussion of anabolic pathways. Chapter 24 is now an overview of metabolism, with a particular emphasis on digestion and energy production (Krebs cycle and cellular respiration). Chapter 25 is concerned with the metabolic pathways unique to the metabolism of carbohydrates; Chapter 26 discusses the unique metabolism of lipids; and Chapter 27 presents protein metabolism.
Many sections have undergone extensive rewriting, especially the Selected Topics and sections dealing with molecular biology (Chapter 23) and body fluids (Chapter 28).
Capturing students' attention and curiosity is critical in teaching this course. To aid in this effort, we have created a text rich in applied chemistry. We offer applications in three places:
New to this edition:
Most of the health-related topics from the fifth edition have been retained, and in some cases expanded. For example, the essay on "Aspartame" in Chapter 19 has been expanded to include other artificial sweeteners. We have added several new essays, including Body Temperature, Hypothermia, and Hyperthermia; Sizes and Masses of Objects: Powers of Ten; Oxidation-Reduction: Bleaches and Stain Removal; Reducing Fat Intake; Prions; Human Genome Project; Polymerase Chain Reaction; Creatine Phosphate; Cyanide Poisoning; Obesity Genes; and Genetic Diseases of Amino Acid Catabolism.
Each chapter has a list of Key Terms and a chapter Summary. The Key Terms are boldfaced when they are introduced in the text, and all are defined in the Glossary (Appendix II).
At the end of each chapter we offer two classes of end-of-chapter exercises:
New to this edition:
New to this edition are Learning Objectives/Study Questions, given at the beginning of each chapter. These are in the form of questions that students should be able to answer after completing the chapter.
Most sections of each chapter are followed by new Review Questions intended to provide an immediate assessment of the student's understanding of the section's material. Many worked-out Examples and Practice Exercises are also interspersed in the body of each chapter. Where appropriate, we provide two Exercises, labeled A and B, after a worked Example. The A exercise is much like the Example it follows; the B exercise often requires incorporation of knowledge acquired previously. Many of the worked-out Examples have been revised to improve the pedagogy.
Hill, John W. : University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Baum, Stuart J. : State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
Scott-Ennis, Rhonda J. : Southern Adventist University
1. Matter and Measurement.
3. Chemical Bonds.
4. Chemical Reactions.
5. Oxidation and Reduction.
7. Liquids and Solids.
9. Acids and Bases I.
10. Acids and Bases II.
Selected Topic A -- Inorganic Chemistry.
12. The Atomic Nucleus.
14. Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers.
15. Aldehydes and Ketones.
16. Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives.
Selected Topic B -- Drugs: Some Acids, Esters, and Amides.
17. Amines and Derivatives.
Selected Topic C -- Brain Amines and Related Drugs.
Selected Topic D -- Chemistry of the Senses.
Selected Topic E -- Hormones.
Selected Topic F -- Vitamins.
23. Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis.
Selected Topic G -- Viruses.
24. Metabolism and Energy.
25. Carbohydrate Metabolism.
26. Lipid Metabolism.
27. Protein Metabolism.
28. Body Fluids.
Appendix I: Some Mathematical Operations.
Appendix II: Glossary.
Appendix III: Answers to Selected Review Questions, Practice Exercises, and Odd-Numbered Problems.
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