Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section: Foundational Concept 5
The chemical processes that take place within organisms are readily understood within the framework of the behavior of solutions, thermodynamics, molecular structure, intermolecular interactions, molecular dynamics, and molecular reactivity.
With these building blocks, medical students will be able to utilize core principles of human chemistry to learn about molecular and cellular functions in health and disease.
Category 5A emphasizes the nature of solution formation, factors that affect solubility, and the properties and behavior of aqueous solutions, with special emphasis on the acid-base behavior of...
Category 5B focuses on molecular structure and how it affects the strength of intermolecular interactions.
Category 5C emphasizes how differential intermolecular interactions can be used to effect chemical separations.
Category 5D emphasizes the varied nature of biologically-relevant molecules, and how patterns of covalent bonding can be used to predict the chemical reactivity of these molecules and their structure...
Category 5E emphasizes how relative energy dictates the overall favorability of chemical processes and the rate at which these processes can occur.