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Chemical equation for photosynthesis?


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November 11, 2009 6:21PM
  • light energy

  • carbon dioxide + water +light energy------> carbohydrates+ oxygen

Photosynthesis is a lot more complicated than the simplified diagram above. In plants, there are organelles within each plant cell called chloroplasts. These organelles are VERY similar to bacteria that also photosynthesize using chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a protein associated with a metal (Magnesium) and almost identical to the haemoglobin of animal blood and myoglobin of animal cells. Chlorophyll absorbs energy from the sun and combines ADP (Adenosine Di Phosphate) with a phosphate group to form ATP (Adenosine Tri Phosphate).

ADP + Phosphate + light energy -> ATP

This ATP has more energy than ADP. This extra energy is used by a number of other enzymes which build glucose molecules (C6H12O6 above) via a number of processes.