Photosynthesis Study Guide

Photosynthesis Outline
1. What is the overall reaction for photosynthesis? How does this compare to the overall
reaction for cellular respiration?
2. Where does the energy for photosynthesis come from?
3. List 3 plant pigments that are involved in photosynthesis.
4. Explain why chlorophyll appears green to us. What happens to the light that makes it
appear that way?
5. Which colors of light are most effective for photosynthesis? Explain why.
6. In what organelle of a plant cell does photosynthesis take place? Fully describe and draw
the structure of this organelle.
7. What happens to water molecules in the light reactions? Which stage of cellular
respiration are the light reactions most like?
8. How do plant cells store the sugar that is produced in photosynthesis? Think back to the
chapters on macromolecules.
9. Organize Photosynthesis in a chart:
Cellular Respiration
Location in
Chloroplast (specify
for light reactions
and dark reactions)