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1 Photosynthesis: An Overview Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall Formula of Photosynthesis History Light Pigments

2 The Photosynthesis Equation 6CO 2 + 6H 2 O C 6 H 12 O 6 + 6O 2 carbon dioxide + water sugars + oxygen Photosynthesis is the process in which green plants use the energy of sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into high-energy carbohydrates and oxygen. The key cellular process identified with energy production is photosynthesis. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall Light

3 Investigating Photosynthesis Scientists who made contributions to understanding Photosynthesis: van Helmont, Priestley, and Ingenhousz. Scientists who made contributions to understanding Photosynthesis: van Helmont, Priestley, and Ingenhousz. Research into photosynthesis began centuries ago. Van Helmont’s Experiment: In the 1600s, van Helmont investigated plants growing by taking material out of the soil. He determined & repotted the mass of a pot of dry soil and a small seedling then watered it regularly. After five years, the seedling was a small tree gained 75 kg, but the soil’s mass was almost unchanged. He concluded the gain in mass came from water because water was the only thing he had added.

4 Investigating Photosynthesis van Helmont did not realize carbon dioxide ‘s role in photosynthesis, he still made a major contribution to understanding the mass of his tree. In photosynthesis, the carbon in carbon dioxide is used to make sugars and other carbohydrates. ( This happens in the Calvin Cycle & is known as Carbon Fixation.) Van Helmont had only part of the story, but he made a major contribution to science. Video 1 (The impact of CO 2 on a plant.) Video 1 Isolated for 42 days in chambers of ambient and elevated CO 2 concentrations, we periodically document the growth of cowpea plants ( Vigna unguiculata ) via time-lapse photography. (**The end of the video there is a political statement to try to convince un-educated people away from other affects of CO 2.** An educated student is our best globally aware student !) Video 2 (The impact of CO2 on a plant, Scientist walking us through how it is being done.) Video 2 The CO2 fertilization effect on trees and plants from increased levels of carbon dioxide. The CO2 fertilization effect on trees and plants from increased levels of carbon dioxide.

5 Investigating Photosynthesis Priestley’s Experiment More than 100 years after van Helmont’s experiment, Joseph Priestley provided another insight into the process of photosynthesis. He took a candle, placed a glass jar over it, and watched as the flame gradually died out. He reasoned that the flame needed something in the air to keep it burning. That substance was oxygen. He then placed a live sprig of mint under the jar and allowed a few days to pass: the candle re-lighted and remained light for a while. The mint plant had produced a substance required for burning. In other words, it had released oxygen. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall

6 Investigating Photosynthesis Jan Ingenhousz Ingenhousz showed that the effect observed by Priestley only happened when the plant was exposed to light. Both Priestley’s and Ingenhousz’s experiments showed that light is necessary for plants to produce oxygen. In Summary: The experiments performed by van Helmont, Priestley, and Ingenhousz led to more work by other scientists. All their working together brought us to this: in the presence of light, plants transform carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates, and they also release oxygen. Video (Overview of all three scientists.) Video Segment from the program Photosynthesis: Transforming Light to Life. To purchase this program please visit (**This is part of a video set that is up for purchase.) Segment from the program Photosynthesis: Transforming Light to Life. To purchase this program please visit (**This is part of a video set that is up for purchase.)

7 The Photosynthesis Equation Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall O2O2 CO 2 + H 2 0 Sugar ADP NADP + Light-Dependent Reactions (thylakoids) H2OH2O ATP NADPH Calvin Cycle (stroma) Light energy

8 Tying it all together! Nice PPT – (I’m still reviewing this, but check it out and let me know your thoughts! Cellular Respiration Cellular Respiration Cellular Respiration

9 Light and Pigments How do plants capture the energy of sunlight? In addition to water and carbon dioxide, photosynthesis requires light and chlorophyll. Plants gather the sun's energy with light-absorbing molecules called pigments. The main pigment in plants is chlorophyll. There are two main types of chlorophyll: chlorophyll a chlorophyll b Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall

10 Light and Pigments Chlorophyll absorbs light well in the blue-violet and red regions of the visible spectrum. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall Wavelength (nm) Estimated Absorption (%) Chlorophyll b Chlorophyll a Wavelength (nm)

11 Light and Pigments Chlorophyll does not absorb light will in the green region of the spectrum. Green light is reflected by leaves, which is why plants look green. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall Estimated Absorption (%) Chlorophyll b Chlorophyll a Wavelength (nm)

12 Light and Pigments Light is a form of energy, so any compound that absorbs light also absorbs energy from that light. When chlorophyll absorbs light, much of the energy is transferred directly to electrons in the chlorophyll molecule, raising the energy levels of these electrons. These high-energy electrons are what make photosynthesis work. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall

13 A.soil and carbon dioxide. B.water and carbon dioxide. C.oxygen and carbon dioxide. D.soil and oxygen. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall In van Helmont's experiment, most of the added mass of the tree came from

14 A. A.oxygen. B. B.starches. C. C.carbon dioxide. D. D.protein. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall Plants use the sugars produced in p h o t o s y n t h e s i s t o m a k e

15 A.carbon dioxide and oxygen. B.oxygen and sugars. C.carbon dioxide and water. D.oxygen and water. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall The raw materials required for plants to carry out photosynthesis are

16 A.chloroplast. B.chlorophyll. C.carotene. D.carbohydrate. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall The principal pigment in plants is

17 A. A.green and yellow. B. B.green, blue, and violet. C. C.blue, violet, and red. D. D.red and yellow. Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall The colors of light that are absorbed by chlorophylls are


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