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Ch 10: Campbell Biology Chapter 10: Photosynthesis

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The Photosynthesis chapter of this Campbell Biology Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with photosynthesis. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Photosynthesis textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the Campbell Biology Photosynthesis chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the photosynthesis topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • The process of photosynthesis
  • The structure of chloroplasts
  • The function of chlorophyll
  • Light reactions of photosynthesis
  • Dark reactions of photosynthesis
  • Plants' alternative methods of carbon fixation

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6 Lessons in Chapter 10: Campbell Biology Chapter 10: Photosynthesis
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Photosynthesis: Biology Lab

1. Photosynthesis: Biology Lab

Plants and other organisms that have the pigment chlorophyll can do something that no other living creature can - capture light energy from the sun and use it to make chemical energy through photosynthesis. In this lab, we'll see how we can set up an experiment to measure the rate of this important process.

Chloroplast Structure: Chlorophyll, Stroma, Thylakoid, and Grana

2. Chloroplast Structure: Chlorophyll, Stroma, Thylakoid, and Grana

In this lesson, we'll explore the parts of the chloroplast, such as the thylakoids and stroma, that make a chloroplast the perfect place for conducting photosynthesis in plant cells.

Chlorophyll: Absorbing Light Energy for Photosynthesis

3. Chlorophyll: Absorbing Light Energy for Photosynthesis

Plants are clean, green, photosynthesizing machines. Using a specialized pigment called chlorophyll, plants are able to soak up energy from the sun and turn it into food. In this lesson, we'll start to learn why chlorophyll literally gets excited about a sunny day!

Photolysis and the Light Reactions: Definitions, Steps, Reactants & Products

4. Photolysis and the Light Reactions: Definitions, Steps, Reactants & Products

In this lesson, we'll learn how electrons get excited during the light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis, jumping off photosystem reaction centers like they were trampolines! In addition, we'll learn how the splitting of water creates reactants for this part of photosynthesis while creating a little fresh air for us.

Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis: The Calvin-Benson Cycle

5. Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis: The Calvin-Benson Cycle

Photosynthesis starts out using the energy from sunlight to get things started, but it ends with the dark reactions, which don't need sunshine to complete sugar production. In the Calvin cycle, ATP and NADPH from the light reactions are used to produce sugars.

Alternative Methods of Carbon Fixation in Plants

6. Alternative Methods of Carbon Fixation in Plants

What happens to plants when it gets too hot or dry for the normal cycles of creating energy to keep functioning? In this lesson, we are going to check out a couple alternative solutions adapted by plants to maintain energy production when the need arises.

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