Photosynthesis Overview

  1. 6 CO2 + 6 H2O → C6H12O6 + 6 O2
  2. Two Stage Process that occurs in plants and some bacteria
  3. Light-dependent reactions:
    1. Convert light energy to chemical energy (ATP and NADH).
    2. Decomposes H20 to use H+. O2 is waste product.
    3. Occurs in thylakoids - requires membrane to make ATP.
  4. Light-independent reactions:
    1. Does not require light.
    2. Decomposes CO2 to assemble glucose using the ATP and NADH.
    3. Occurs in stroma.
photosynthesis block diagram