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Ch 7: HiSET: Cellular Respiration & Photosynthesis

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Study this chapter's lessons to gain a solid understanding of cellular respiration and photosynthesis as you prepare for the HiSET Science exam. A combination of effective video lessons and quick quizzes make learning the material easy and fun.

Cellular Respiration & Photosynthesis - Chapter Summary

A number of different reactions and processes dealing with photosynthesis and cellular respiration make up these lessons' main content. Get up to speed on the following topics to help you answer questions on the HiSET Science exam about photosynthesis and cellular respiration:

  • Electron carriers
  • Redox reactions
  • The glycolysis pathway
  • Steps in the Krebs cycle
  • Plants transforming energy from the sun
  • Dark reactions of photosynthesis
  • Steps of the electron transport chain

Each of these brief video lessons has a practice quiz that you can take to gauge your progress with the material. All of the videos in the chapter have lesson transcripts for you to reference while you're learning the material. The key terms highlight the most important information concerned with the lessons' topics and can be found in bold on the transcripts.

HiSET Science Objectives

The HiSET Science subtest is part of the HiSET high school equivalency exam. Test takers have 80 minutes to complete it. The 50 multiple-choice questions cover a range of science subject matter that includes life science. You will see all the information about cellular respiration and photosynthesis in this chapter that you may be asked about on the test. Life science questions, including topics related to this chapter, make up 50% of the questions on the exam.

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: HiSET: Cellular Respiration & Photosynthesis
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Energy and Life: The Transformation of Energy in Living Organisms

1. Energy and Life: The Transformation of Energy in Living Organisms

While the sun is an excellent source of energy, not all forms of life can utilize the sun's energy directly. This lesson describes how plants transform the sun's energy into potential energy stored in sugar, how living organisms utilize energy in sugar to perform work, and how the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration is necessary for life.

Cellular Respiration: Energy Transfer in Cells

2. Cellular Respiration: Energy Transfer in Cells

Watch this short video to learn the basics about converting organic compounds into ATP, also known as cellular respiration. We'll look at an overview of the process.

Redox Reactions & Electron Carriers in Cellular Respiration: Definitions and Examples

3. Redox Reactions & Electron Carriers in Cellular Respiration: Definitions and Examples

Redox reactions play an important role in cellular respiration. In this lesson, you will see how NAD and FAD are used as electron carriers to temporarily store energy during cellular respiration.

Glycolysis Pathway: Steps, Products & Importance

4. Glycolysis Pathway: Steps, Products & Importance

Cellular respiration creates chemical energy in the form of ATP from the food we eat and the air we breathe. In this lesson, we'll learn about the first part of this process, glycolysis.

The Citric Acid (Krebs) Cycle: Products and Steps

5. The Citric Acid (Krebs) Cycle: Products and Steps

In this lesson, we return to the process of cellular respiration for the second act of creating energy from food. In this act, products from glycolysis feed into the next stage, the citric acid cycle.

The Electron Transport Chain: Products and Steps

6. The Electron Transport Chain: Products and Steps

In this lesson, we'll learn about the finale of cellular respiration. The electron transport chain uses products from the first two acts of glycolysis and the citric acid cycle to complete the chemical reaction that turns our food into usable cellular energy.

Chlorophyll: Absorbing Light Energy for Photosynthesis

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

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