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CHEM 143: The Chemical Principles of Life II: Learn more about biochemistry
This guide contains resources to help students learn about biochemistry and to complete class projects.
Learn more about biochemistry, structural biology, and physical chemistry
Specific topics in "Learn more about" may include introductory or more advanced level materials. This first page has some key texts and the section "Find background information" includes key encyclopedias.
Kevin Ahern, Indira Rajagopal, and Taralyn Tan from Oregon State University co-authored a free etextbook is aimed at helping students at all levels of biochemistry to learn in a fun and engaging format. The iBooks version can run on an iPad or a Mac running iBooks. The PDF version can be used on any computer.
"Extraordinary color illustrations make biochemistry concepts easy to understand and retain. Providing a powerful visual overview of the entire spectrum of human biochemistry, the third edition of the popular work is an ideal reference and study aid." (publisher's description)
Fundamentals of Molecular Structural Biology reviews the mathematical and physical foundations of molecular structural biology. Based on these fundamental concepts, it then describes molecular structure and explains basic genetic mechanisms. Given the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research, early career researchers and those shifting into an adjacent field often require a "fundamentals" book to get them up-to-speed on the foundations of a particular field. This book fills that niche.
"The Thirty-First Edition of Harper's Illustrated Biochemistry continues to emphasize the link between biochemistry and the understanding of disease states, disease pathology, and the practice of medicine. Featuring a full-color presentation and numerous medically relevant examples, Harper's presents a clear, succinct review of the fundamentals of biochemistry that every student must understand in order to succeed in medical school. All 58 chapters help you understand the medical relevance of biochemistry. Includes more than 600 illustrations." (publisher's description)
"Medical Biochemistry is supported by over forty years of teaching experience, providing coverage of basic biochemical concepts, including the structure and physical and chemical properties of hydrocarbons, lipids, proteins, and nucleotides in a straightforward and easy to comprehend language. The book develops these concepts into the more complex aspects of biochemistry using a systems approach, dedicating chapters to the integral study of biological phenomena, including particular aspects of metabolism in some organs and tissues, and the biochemical bases of endocrinology, immunity, vitamins, hemostasis, and apoptosis." (publisher's description)
"This book provides an introduction to physical chemistry that is directed toward applications to the biological sciences. Advanced mathematics is not required. This book can be used for either a one semester or two semester course, and as a reference volume by students and faculty in the biological sciences." (publisher's description)