Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section: Foundational Concept 5

The principles that govern chemical interactions and reactions form the basis for a broader understanding of the molecular dynamics of living systems.

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.

Content Category 5A: Unique nature of water and its solutions

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...

Content Category 5B: Nature of molecules and intermolecular interactions

Category 5B focuses on molecular structure and how it affects the strength of intermolecular interactions.

Content Category 5C: Separation and purification methods

Category 5C emphasizes how differential intermolecular interactions can be used to effect chemical separations.

Content Category 5D: Structure, function, and reactivity of biologically-relevant molecules

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...

Content Category 5E: Principles of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics

Category 5E emphasizes how relative energy dictates the overall favorability of chemical processes and the rate at which these processes can occur.