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Photosynthesis in Plant Cells
Powerpoint Lecture

This Powerpoint begins with a series of experiments that were conducted to determine the basic chemical changes occuring in photosynthesis in plants. This section helps to understore the fundamentals of photosynthesis, that carbon dioxide is converted into glucose (the building block of cellulose, lignin, and so on). Students will learn about the different wavelengths of visible light, which can be absorbed by chlorophyll, and how the light reactions and Calvin cycle with chloroplasts convert this energy into a chemical form.

Essential concepts: Photosynthesis, autotrophs, heterotrophs, visible light, electromagnetic spectrum, wavelengths of light, pigments, chlorophyll, chloroplasts, thylakoids, granum, stomata, light reactions, calvin cycle, ATP, NADPH, photosystems, photorespiration, CAM plants, C4 plants, rubisco.

Test questions: Available at the biology instructor resources subscription page.

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