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300370 VO+UE Physical Chemistry (2016W)

Physical Chemistry for Molecular Biologists

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Language: German, English

Examination dates



Ort: HS A & B/STB, Viennabiocenter 5, 1030 Wien.
Termine: jeweils Di. 10.30 - 12.30 Uhr + Do. 10.30 - 12.30 Uhr
Beginn 6.10.2016 (10.30 am, HS A & B, VBC5)


Aims, contents and method of the course

The lecture focuses on physico-chemical foundations of molecular biology and covers the following topics: nature and definition of thermodynamic systems; laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic state functions; concepts of heat, work, enthalpy, entropy and free energy; chemical potential and chemical equilibrium; chemical kinetics and transition states; diffusion; elements of polymer physics. Theoretical concepts will be discussed and illustrated using biological phenomena such as enzymatic catalysis or non-covalent protein interactions as examples. The lecture will also include exercises in which quantitative physical chemistry problems will be solved.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam + 4 take-home exercises in the course of the semester.

End grade = 75% x Exam + 25% x Exercises

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

BMB 5, BMG 6B, B-BMB 5, B-BMG 6C, BAN 6, BBO 8, BOE 11, BPB 11, BZO 11

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