Study Guide: Photosynthesis

Study Questions

Objective: Describe the process by which solar energy can be stored in a glucose molecule.

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  1. Stroma
  2. Grana (sing: granum)
  3. Thylakoid
  4. Thylakoid space
  5. Pigment molecules
  6. Chlorophyll

Study Guide Questions

  1. What is the structure of a chloroplast?
  2. What is the equation for photosynthesis?
  3. Where does photosynthesis take place?  (Be complete in your answer.  In other words, tell me ALL the specific places where photosynthetic events occur!)
  4. Understand the electromagnetic spectrum, and be able to explain why an object appears the color you SEE.
  5. What do you think would happen if you placed a plant in GREEN light ONLY?  How would you design an experiment to test this?
  6. Describe each step in the process of photosynthesis.  Connect your answer to the chemical equation describing photosynthesis.
  7. Clearly explain the connection between photosystem I and photosystem II.  Compare and CONTRAST these photosystems.
  8. What occurs in the Calvin Cycle?  How is the Calvin Cycle connected to events in Photosystems II and I?
  9. What is the evolutionary significance of photosynthesis?
  10. Where does the sugar come from that is used during cellular respiration?
  11. Where does the oxygen come from that is used during cellular respiration?