Introductory Photosynthesis Questions

On a separate sheet of paper answer these questions in complete sentences.

  1. Define photosynthesis.
  2. Write the balanced chemical equation for photosynthesis with a glucose product.
  3. What is the most common pigment in green plants?
  4. Why do deciduous trees leaves turn colors in the fall?
  5. Draw a chloroplast and label its inner and outer membranes, thylakoid, stroma and grana.
  6. Where do the light reactions occur?
  7. What are the two inputs to the light reactions?
  8. What are the products the light reactions?
  9. Describe why you might be interested in the 'waste' product of the light reactions.
  10. Where do the light-independent reactions occur?
  11. What are the three inputs to the light-independent reactions?
  12. What are the products the light-independent reactions?