Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration

By: Fernando Ruiz

Cellular Respiration

Cellular respiration is the process where the energy stored in the sugars of the plant is released in the form ATP. Cellular respiration occurs in Mitochondria this is why the energy released is ATP. The chemical equation for cellular respiration is C6H12O6+6o2->6co2+6H2O+energy. So in the equation oxygen and glucose (reactants) are captured and water, carbon dioxide, and ATP (products) are released. Cellular respiration occurs in both plant and animal cells.


Photosynthesis is the process where a plant captures sunlight and coverts it so sugars which is the plant's food. Photosynthesis occurs in Chloroplasts which is where the sunlight is received and converted to food. The chemical equation for photosynthesis is 6CO2+6H2O->C6H12O6+6O2. In the equation water, sunlight, and carbon dioxide (reactants) are captured by the plant and oxygen and glucose (products) are released. Cellular respiration and Photosynthesis are similar because of the fact that the chemical equations in both processes are inverted.