Good morning grade 11's welcome to the Life Science class !
By now you should already know that photosynthesis is a complex chemical process. Although it is summarised in a single reaction equation, photosynthesis occurs as a series of chemical reactions that turn the raw materials (carbon dioxide and water) into the products (glucose and oxygen). Enzymes control each step of the process.
There are two main stages (phases) of photosynthesis :
- the light phase
- the dark phase
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In todays lesson I want you to pay close attention because you will be learning about the :
- importance of photosynthesis and,
- factors affecting the rate of photosynthesis.
IMPORTANCE OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS
Photosynthesis is an important cellular reaction for the following reasons:
-It supplies energy to virtually all living organisms
-Plants convert the simple sugars made during photosynthesis into more complex organic compounds such as starch, fats, proteins and vitamins.
-Photosynthesis regulates the concentrations of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the atmosphere, and plays a key role in the carbon cycle.
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