Simple Equilibrium Binding

  • Terrell L. Hill
Part of the Springer Series in Molecular and Cell Biology book series (SSMOL)


In this chapter we introduce the grand partition function for use in equilibrium binding problems. This method is not needed for the simple problems we consider in this chapter; in fact, the main results are already contained in Eqs. (3.4)–(3.14) and were obtained by thermodynamic methods. However, with the background acquired here, we shall see that the grand partition function approach converts the more complicated and interesting problems in Chapters 4 and 6 into straightforward exercises.


Partition Function Small System Equilibrium Binding Binding System Macroscopic System 
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  1. 1.
    Hill, T. L. and Eisenberg, E. (1980) Biophys. Chem. 11, 271.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

General Reference

  1. Hill, T. L. (1960) Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics(Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA).Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terrell L. Hill
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  1. 1.Department of Health and Human ServicesNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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