What's the difference?

Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Photosynthesis

(almost) Everyone knows what photosynthesis is, you've learned it in 5th grade, even 2nd grade!


It is the process by which green plants and some other organisms use sunlight to make foods from carbon dioxide and water.

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Photosynthesis equation

6CO2 + 6H2O ----> C6H12O6 + 6O2

Cellular respiration equation

C6H12O6 + 6O2 ----> 6CO2 + 6H2O + energy

Cellular respiration

The differences

-They both have products and reactants. But they are different, in fact they are kind of flip around (but not completely).

-Cellular respiration does not happen in plants and photosynthesis does not happen in animals.

-They both produce energy but they are different types of energy. Photosynthesis produces through radiant energy and cellular respiration releases chemical energy (ATP).

-Photosynthesis uses the Chloroplast.

-Cellular respiration uses the Mitochondria.

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