The Basics...

What is photosynthesis?

Photosynthesis is a process where plants, and some bacteria, convert the energy of sunlight to chemical energy that can be used by living organisms. The overall equation for photosynthesis is...

6CO2 + 6 H2O + sunlight energy

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C6H12O6 + 6O2

External Links

Here are some links to explore to better understand photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis Text - a page explaining photosynthesis with nice text and pictures throughout. It also has review questions and links at the end.
Light Reaction Animation - a nice, simple, and clear animation of the light reactions of photosynthesis with voice-overs.
Calvin Cycle Animation - a narrated animation showing the steps of the Calvin Cycle.
Photosynthesis Interactive - a rather comprehensive interactive walk-through of photosynthesis. Probably best viewed after viewing the simpler animations above.
Wikipedia Stomata - a good overview of stomata and C4 and CAM plant adaptations to hot, dry environments.
Cactus Survival - this site explains various adaptations that a cactus has developed to survive in the harsh desert environment.
Photosynthesis Links - this site has links to a considerable number of other sites that explain all you ever wanted to know about photosynthesis. Many are papers written by researchers.
Ultimate Guide to Photosynthesis - another site with links to a variety of photosynthesis sites.

The links below are to learn more about ATP Synthase. They are in order from simplest to most complex.

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