2022 LST Seminar 1

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Undergraduate major in Life Science and Technology
Tokunaga Makio  Abe Satoshi  Ito Yuma  Okada Ui  Kajitani Rei  Niwa Tatsuya  Furuta Tadaomi  Tran Duy Phuoc  Ito Hidehiro  Sato Takao  Nishida Kei  Wong Sing Ying 
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Course description and aims

Students learn the basics of physical chemistry necessary for studying life science and technology through exercises.
This course deals pwith physical chemistry for bioscience and biotechnologystudents. It quantitatively and qualitatively describes properties of macroscopicsystems, equilibrium and spontaneous changes, chemical reactions in gasand solution phase, physical processes, molecular dynamics, and genomeinfomatics. By taking specific life phenomena as subjects, the course willpromote an essential understanding of life phenomena. The ultimate goalof the course is to get an insight into the true nature of living organsfrom the view point of chemical and physical processes.

Student learning outcomes

Deepen understanding of physical chemistry classes, primarily PhysicalChemistry I, II, and III.
Specifically, students will acquire the ability to solve basic problemsin thermodynamics, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, molecular dynamics,and genome informatics.


physical chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Explanation of solutions to the previous exercise (about 30 minutes), and the exercises (about70 minutes).
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Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to the class, and exercises on protein thermodynamics (1) Solve problems in protein thermodynamics.
Class 2 Explanation of exercises (1), and exercises on thermodynamics (2) Solve problems in thermodynamics.
Class 3 Explanation of exercises (2), and exercises on phase equilibrium (3) Solve problems in phase equilibrium.
Class 4 Explanation of exercises (3), and exercises on molecular dynamics (4) Solve problems in molecular dynamics.
Class 5 Explanation of exercises (4), and exercises on reaction kinetics (5) Solve problems in reaction kinetics.
Class 6 Explanation of exercises (5), and exercises on biomolecule thermodynamics (6) Solve problems in biomolecule thermodynamics.
Class 7 Explanation of exercises (6), and exercises on ion transport across biological membranes (7) Solve problems in ion transport across biological membranes.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Atkins, Paula. Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (2nd ed). Tokyo: Tokyo Kagakudojin, 2014; ISBN-13: 978-4807908387. (Japanese)
Atkins, Paula. Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (2nd revised ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press; ISBN-13: 978-0199564286. (English)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Atkins, Paula. Atkins' Physical Chemistry I, II (10th ed). Tokyo: Tokyo Kagakudojin, 2017; ISBN-13: 978-4807909087, 978-4807909094. (Japanese)
Atkins, et al. Atkins' Physical Chemistry (11th ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018; ISBN-13: 978-0198769866. (English)

Assessment criteria and methods

Based on attendance and grading results of exercises

Related courses

  • LST.A201 : Physical Chemistry I
  • LST.A206 : Physical Chemistry II
  • LST.A211 : Physical Chemistry III

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

There are no prerequisites for taking the course.

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