Photosynthesis and cell respiration

A flyer explaining photosynthesis and cell respiration


A process that all plants do. The chemical formula(balanced) is 6H2O + 6CO2 -> ^O2 + C6H12O6. There are 3 stages. In the first stage, energy is captured from the sun. In the second stage, the light energy is converted into chemical energy. In the 3rd stage, the chemical stored powers the formation of organic compounds using CO2.

Cellular Respiration

Cellular Respiration is a process that happens in the mitochondria. The chemical equation is C6H12O6 + 6O2 -> 6CO2 + 6H2O + ATP. 2 stages, 1st called Glycolysis, where glucose is broken down into Pyruvate acids, and a small bit of ATP is produces. The second is the production of ATP. If O2 is present, the Pyruvates enter the mitochondria and react with the oxygen, which creates Acetyl-CoA., which then enters the Krebs cycle. In this cycle some electrons are removed from the Acetyl-CoA, and those electrons are transported to the electron transport chain, which is were most of the ATP is made.

How they compare

Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis are basically opposites. 1 occurs in a plant cell only, the other occurs in both plants and animal cell. Their chemical formulas are literally backwards. In one, glucose is made, and in the other glucose is broken down, which goes along with the chemical formula statement.