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(Original post by heminder)
physics can exist without maths...
maths is the language of physics.
So can biology and chemistry by the same token. The study of the natural world has been broken down into these three subjects purely because their origins were so different when science was becoming a true academic study (19th century). Physics comes from natural philosophy and the teachings of the greek philosophers, chemistry has decended from alchemy, biology from the casual study of flora and fauna undertaken by the gentry.

There are many great scientists who transcend these artificial boundaries in natural science (such as Michael Faraday, Marie Curie for instance) and the only reason they are enforced at undergraduate level and below is that the body of knowledge we have gained in natural science is so vast it is impossible for one person to be sufficiently knowledgeable of all of it.
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Chemistry ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuules! Its like the backbone of other subjects and (in a way) its abit like maths cos it needs abit of logical thinking.
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Chemistry, obviously the best.

hi u said ur good at chemistry yeh
could u help me then with this question.
another industrial organic reaction is the polimerisation of ethene in the presence of oxygen catalyst. predict the product of this reaction and how?
thanks bye
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yeh i like chemistry as everything is due to it u cant deny that.
well thats what i think.
its just that i get confused with the hard stuff like organic chemistry.
if anyone knows a bit about organic chemistry then plzzzzzzzzzzzzz do mail me\
thanks
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Chemistry!
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the one I find easiest is biology. but one i like best is Physics, eventhough I find that hardest of all. Hehehe, it's the one i want to do though, so i'm going to study it :p:
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You can't seriously argue that chemistry is better than physics or vice versa. I think it is true to say that chemistry is built on physics but it does go places that physics won't. I do both and like them both but there will always be some contempt between physicists and chemists. Can we agree, however, that biology is basically flower pressing?
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Can we agree, however, that biology is basically flower pressing?
If it makes you feel superior then why not...remember that the next time you next need medical care :rolleyes:
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The worst of all is the merger between biology and chemistry --> biochemistry :eek: Pure evil!
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The worst of all is the merger between biology and chemistry --> biochemistry :eek: Pure evil!
Oooooh I LOOOOVE biochemistry! I do seem to be in the minority though, because most people I know hate it with a passion! Got my biochemistry exam tomorrow!
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Oooooh I LOOOOVE biochemistry! I do seem to be in the minority though, because most people I know hate it with a passion! Got my biochemistry exam tomorrow!
How can you possible love such an evil hybrid subject??! What sort of biochem stuff have you done to be examined on?
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How can you possible love such an evil hybrid subject??! What sort of biochem stuff have you done to be examined on?
All the basic first year stuff really. I've cut and paste the module briefing...these were the various lectures titles. I'm sure your not that interested but i've had a few PMs asking what first year biochemistry involves. Here it is in all its glory!

1. Chemical essentials for life: carbon compounds and water.
2. Strong and weak chemical interactions.
3. Shapes of carbon compounds & Stereochemistry.
4. Nucleic Acids: Structure, Function & Applications. Chemical structure of DNA.
5. Properties of DNA bases: chemistry of genetic information storage and transfer.
6. DNA structure in vivo & Manipulation of DNA.
7. Structure and properties of RNA.
8. Carbohydrates: Structures, Functions & Applications. Monosaccharides and disaccharides
9. Functions and applications of sugars.
10. Polysaccharides: form and function.
11. Amino acids & proteins: Structures, Functions & Applications. Amino acids – structures and properties
12. Peptide bonds and proteins.
13. Protein conformation.
14. Protein folding, mis-folding and denaturation.
15. Introduction to cell structures: lipids and membranes.
16. Supramolecular assemblies: from molecules to cells.
17. Enzymes: Substrate binding and cofactors.
18. Specificity and catalysis.
19. Mechanism, inhibition and control.
20. Metabolism: Introduction to metabolic pathways.
21. Introduction to bioenergetics.
22. Glycolysis and fermentations.
23. TCA cycle and metabolic compartmentation.
24. Energy transducing electron transfer chains.
25. Chemiosmotic hypothesis.
26. Photosynthesis: light reactions.
27. Photosynthesis: dark reactions (Calvin cycle).
28. Photosynthesis: photorespiration and C4 plants.
29. The nature of cells. Size, shape and structure of prokaryotic cells.
30. Prokaryotic cell surfaces 1: properties, structure and synthesis of cell walls.
31. Prokaryotic cell surfaces 2: capsules, S-layers, pili. Motility and chemotaxis.
32. Storage of genetic information in prokaryotes. Properties, structure and replication of the nucleoid and plasmids. Cellular differentiation and survival structures; endospores and cysts
33. Eukaryotic cell structure and function. Theories for the evolution of eukaryotic cells
34. Cellular and molecular events in the eukaryotic cell cycle.
35. Integrating cells into tissues.
36. Cell interactions in development.
37. Cell to cell signalling: hormones, receptors and nerve cells.
38. Membrane transport.
39. Cell volume regulation.
40. Cell motility and shape.
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If I had to do one it'd be Physics for it's relation to Maths.
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What was the lecture on peptide bonds like??
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What was the lecture on peptide bonds like??
Well there were far more interesting lectures lol. Though resonating bonds do rock! :cool:
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How can you possible love such an evil hybrid subject??!
Oh and it's not a hybrid subject...biochemistry is real biology!! Though admittedly, it will be alot harder next year...this year was just to give you a good grounding really.
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Biochem is not a mix of chemistry and biology, this seems to be a common confusion. It is actually a specific sub-discipline of biology.
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God these threads are frigging boring :rolleyes:
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Biochemistry is retarded. You invent terms like NADH and ATP and they suddenly turn into things like ADP. These threads are boring I agree.
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Biochemistry is retarded. You invent terms like NADH and ATP and they suddenly turn into things like ADP. These threads are boring I agree.
It's called a chemical reaction, dear.
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