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1 Photosynthesis & Respiration

2 What is Photosynthesis? The process of photosynthesis is a chemical reaction. It is the most important chemical reaction on our planet.

3 What do plants need for photosynthesis? Water Carbon dioxide Light chlorophyll

4 What is the equation for the chemical reaction of photosynthesis?

5 Describe Photosynthesis The process of changing light energy to chemical energy Energy stored as sugar Occurs in plants and some algae Plants need light energy, CO 2, and H 2 O Takes place in the chloroplasts, using chlorophyll, the green pigment in plantschloroplasts chlorophyll

6 What is it like inside a chloroplast? All around the chloroplasts are stacks of things called thylakoids. The part of the chloroplast that is outside the thylakoids is called the stroma. THE CALVIN CYCLE is in the stroma!


8 What are the two types of reactions in photosynthesis? 1.The first reaction is called light-dependent (occurs in the thylakoids) 2.The second reaction is light-independent (occurs in the stroma)

9 What do electron carriers do? Sunlight makes electrons in the chlorophyll (located in the thylakoids) very excited! They are so excited they have to be carried by a special carrier molecule called NADP+ NADP+ carries two electrons at a time. It also grabs an H+ ion, and this turns the NADP+ into NADPH

10 What does the NADPH do? The NADPH carries the very excited high- energy electrons to reactions in the cell. These electrons can be used in making FOOD. This is the LIGHT-DEPENDENT Reaction

11 What is the dreaded Calvin Cycle? The Calvin Cycle uses ATP and NADPH from light-dependent reactions to produce high-energy sugars (FOOD) The Calvin Cycle is a LIGHT- INDEPENDENT reaction

12 What are the products of photosynthesis? High-energy sugars (FOOD) oxygen

13 Why is this important to us? We cannot make our own food (glucose, energy), we must get our food from plants. Plants are the first step in the food chain. The oxygen released during photosynthesis is necessary for all living things.

14 Quiz 1)Describe what it’s like inside a chloroplast. 2)Why does Hamel say that photosynthesis is one of the most important chemical reactions on Earth? 3)What happens during the Calvin Cycle? 4)What are the products of photosynthesis? 5)What is needed for photosynthesis? 6)What happens to electrons during photosynthesis? 7)Which happens first, light-dependent reactions or light-independent ones? 8)What does NADP+ do?

15 What is Cellular Respiration? Once the energy that was in sunlight is changed into chemical energy by photosynthesis, an organism has to transform the chemical energy into a form that can be used by the organism. photosynthesis Cellular respiration is the process that releases energy by breaking down food molecules in the presence of oxygen.

16 Describe Cellular Respiration The breakdown of glucose molecules to release energy Takes place in all living things Is a step by step process

17 Where does cellular respiration happen? In the mitochondria of living things.


19 What is the chemical equation for cellular respiration?

20 Diagram of the Process Occurs in Cytoplasm Occurs in Matrix Occurs across Cristae

21 What are the Stages of Cellular Respiration? GlycolysisGlycolysis The Krebs CycleThe Krebs Cycle The Electron Transport ChainThe Electron Transport Chain

22 Anaerobic Processes No oxygen is required for these processes. Includes glycolysis, the breakdown of glucose, and fermentation. Some bacteria and yeast are examples of anaerobes.

23 Glycolysis Occurs in the cytoplasm. Breaks down glucose into 2 molecules of pyruvate 2 ATP molecules are formed.  The series of reactions in which pyruvate is broken down into carbon dioxide is called the Krebs cycle.


25 Yikes! There’s another cycle? Yes. The Krebs cycle. The Krebs cycle is where energy is released. Kind of like the Calvin Cycle in reverse…

26 What happens during the Krebs cycle? Energy is freed from the chemical bonds. The excited electrons are FREEE! The electrons make ATP. Carbon dioxide is released. You get rid of it by exhaling…

27 Where do the electrons go? On the train! The electrons get to ride the electron transport train, the Final step in the breakdown of glucose. Point at which ATP is produced

28 What happens to ADP on the train? Ions rush back and forth and spin the ADP in circles. This creates enough energy to produce three molecules of ATP per molecule of ADP. ATP and ADP are special molecules that store energy

29 Quiz 1. Where does cellular respiration take place? 2. What is the chemical equation for cellular respiration? 3. What are the products of cellular respiration? 4. What is the Krebs Cycle? 5. What happens during the Krebs Cycle? 6. What happens to electrons during cellular respiration? 7. How much ATP is produced from one molecule of ADP?

30 Complementary processes Photosynthesis is an important part of the carbon cycle. The processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration are complementary processes, meaning they work together to benefit living organisms.

31 Plants and animals contribute… Autotrophs, such as plants, produce glucose using the carbon in carbon dioxide. Both autotrophs and heterotrophs, such as grasshoppers that eat plants, use those carbohydrates in cellular respiration. Respiration, in turn, produces carbon dioxide.

32 Energy renewal Energy captured from sunlight by photosynthetic organisms is used and released in the cellular respiration of living things. The energy that living things use, must continually be renewed through photosynthesis.

33 Now create a diagram, that represents the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration (the carbon cycle). Diagram must include at least one autotroph and one heterotroph. Illustrate and label the stages. Title: Photosynthesis/Respiration


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